Neapco, other local businesses donate Thanksgiving turkeys and trimmings to those in need
Beatrice businesses including Neapco, Exmark and Koch Fertilizer are hoping no one goes without a Thanksgiving dinner this year.
Neapco employees dropped off 20 turkeys and other Thanksgiving trimmings at the Community Food Pantry at St. John Lutheran Church on Tuesday.
Other local businesses, including Exmark and Koch Fertilizer donated turkeys, trimmings and cash.
Karen Mains with the food pantry said she’s thankful for the yearly Thanksgiving donations and knows those in need are appreciative.
“Most of them can’t afford to buy a turkey or ham,” Mains said. ”...They’re really appreciative of it, because they would not have a Thanksgiving dinner if it wasn’t for us.”
The food pantry is typically open Monday and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. But because Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, the pantry will be open during regular hours on Wednesday to ensure people can pick up their Thanksgiving supplies.
“We usually give them cranberries, stuffing, broth, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy,” Mains said. “If they don’t have a roaster, we give them a roasting pan with aluminum. We give them everything to make a nice meal.”
Those seeking to pick up food from the food pantry is encouraged to make an appointment by calling the church at 402-223-5268.
Mains said it’s been “terribly busy,” leading up to Thanksgiving, with 40-45 people coming Monday morning and 55 in the afternoon.
“Tomorrow (Wednesday) will probably be the same way,” said Mains.
The food pantry is up 11 percent this year as far as clients its seen. Mains said that number keeps increasing every year.
While it’s difficult to estimate how much food will be handed out, Mains said some families will take home anywhere from $300-400 worth of groceries in some cases.
In addition to Neapco’s donation, Tuesday, Risky’s also donated chickens, which Mains said is appreciated because some families don’t require a whole 20-pound turkey when it comes to celebrating Thanksgiving.