Madison church on its way to hand out 1,000 turkeys

Madison church on its way to hand out 1,000 turkeys

The cold and brisk conditions didn’t stop dozens of people from lining up to get food for Thanksgiving dinner at the Bread of Life Food Pantry at St. Paul Lutheran Church Wednesday.

Inside the Madison north side church, food pantry manager Sue Gould and volunteers hurried to prepare for their turkey distribution day. They planned on giving out 300 turkeys in addition to other food items.

“They’re awesome. They’re the same people who help me each and every week, wouldn’t trade them for anything,” Gould said of her volunteers.

People like Neoma Norris waited over an hour for the turkey.

“It’s a blessing to have everything you want for Thanksgiving,” Norris said when asked what she thought of the event.

The line of people waiting to get their turkeys and other Thanksgiving staples moved steadily. Everyone started by getting a turkey, then had the option of another meat, fish, produce and frozen foods.

Gould, who has worked the distribution event for four years, became teary-eyed while talking about the reactions she witnessed.

“I’ve been without food. I’ve needed food from a pantry, that’s how I started to be here. I started as a volunteer because I wanted to give back in addition to getting free food,” Gould said.

The food pantry gave out at least 300 of their 1,500 turkeys to families in the area. The remaining birds will be given out during other events before Thanksgiving.