ACTS is pleased to announce that Operation Turkey '16 is well under way, and this year will bring forth some great, new changes. For those who might be unfamiliar with this event, Operation Turkey is traditionally our largest food drive for our neighbors in need of food for Thanksgiving. Our food pantry provides clients with standard Thanksgiving dinner staples such as stuffing and canned vegetables, while also giving out vouchers for turkeys. In recent years, Operation Turkey has taken place over the span of just a few days, but this year, the event will run from November 1st through November 18th. During this time, clients are eligible to receive bags of food for their families the day that they register through our Emergency Assistance program, which means that they will not have to wait until the end of the month, nor will they have to wait in line. This will ultimately decrease the traffic in our area and allow us to more effectively give out meals for the holiday. But there are so many things that you can do to help us make this Thanksgiving Day for our neighbors in need:
We include typical canned and boxed food to complete a Thanksgiving meal. Examples of this include:
Please bring all donated food to our pantry location at the ACTS Family Services Center: 17950 Dr. David Cline Lane in Dumfries during these drop off hours:
If you would like to make a donation for the purchase of food items or gift cards, please make checks payable to:
Volunteers make all the difference for Operation Turkey
If you or your family is need of food for your Thanksgiving meal, we can help. Simply visit ACTS' Family Services Center (listed above) and meet with one of our Case Managers to apply for Operation Turkey. A list of items you will need to bring with you can be found here. If you are already a client of our Emergency Assistance program and have already received food for the month of November, you are still eligible to receive an Operation Turkey bag.
Last year, with the help of our community partners, we managed to give out over 25,000 lbs of food to 794 families. At ACTS, we always strive to make each year more successful than the last, and any contribution that you, your school, or your church can make towards helping these families is so appreciated. Help us to make this Thanksgiving Day one of the best for our Prince William County neighbors.