Churches, schools and other groups across the Eastside are collecting food and preparing feasts for those who may not be able to afford a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal. On Tuesday, for example, members of 30 families arrived at Luther Burbank Middle School in Highland Park to pick up boxes of holiday food items in addition to a turkey as part of a volunteer effort organized by students, according to Patch. Late this afternoon, the Silver Lake Community Church Food Pantry will be providing Thanksgiving meals – complete with sweet potatoes, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce and veggies – to about 70 families. On Thanksgiving Day morning, volunteers will descend on Echo Park to drop off homemade meals, toiletries and blankets that will be distributed during the 13th annual Gobble Gobble Give.
Can’t donate or help out in time for Thanksgiving? The Echo Park neighborhood council is holding an ongoing canned and non-perishable food drive through Dec. 17 to benefit the Cathedral of St. Paul Food Pantry.