Friends for Food drive provides warm feeling on a cold day

Oil Valley Jeeps member Kent McFadden packs some turkeys into a vehicle outside the Rocky Grove fire hall on Saturday morning. (By Makayla Keating)
Staff writer

Even flurries and cold temperatures couldn’t put a chill on the warm feeling felt by the beneficiaries and 80 Friends for Food volunteers at the Rocky Grove fire hall on Saturday morning, as area residents arrived to pick up their free Thanksgiving turkeys and vouchers.

Volunteers on hand for the event included about 60 members of the community and 20 Community Services of Venango County staff members. About 1,200 turkeys were ordered for the event.

The distribution remained drive-through this year, but that didn’t stop guests from showing up to the fire hall in the early morning hours as in previous years before the COVID-19 pandemic. By the time 7:45 a.m. rolled around, vehicles were wrapped around most of the parking lot.

The 32nd annual campaign has raised $30,655.33 as of late last week.

During the event, Community Services of Venango County Executive Director Meghan Dunham noted how happy the volunteers and guests were.

This year’s campaign, and all campaigns to follow, was dedicated to former Executive Director Mary Jeanne Gavin, who passed away just hours before last year’s distribution.


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