This time of year, as Juneau residents prepare their Thanksgiving feasts, a few local organizations are helping those in need prepare for their Thanksgiving meals.
Over the next couple weeks, local service agencies are opening their doors to Juneau residents who want to donate and help them in their food drives.
What they’re doing: Preparing between 150 and 200 Thanksgiving boxes for families to be given out in the days leading up to Thanksgiving
What they need: Turkeys, pies, canned corn, canned beans, canned peas, stuffing, potatoes, butter, canned milk, any other Thanksgiving-themed foods
Where you can donate: The Glory Hole, 247 S. Franklin St.
When you can donate: Any day of the week between 7:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. The first boxes will go out Nov. 17, but the Glory Hole will accept donations until Nov. 22.
Helping Hands Food Bank
What they’re doing: Around 100 Thanksgiving food bags.
What they need: Turkeys, hams, stuffing, veggies, potatoes, other nonperishable Thanksgiving foods, as well as pet food
Where you can donate: There are drop boxes at the entrances to Denali Federal Credit Union and Safeway. The food bank is located at the Switzer Village Rec Hall at 6590 Glacier Highway, space 82A.
When you can donate: The food bank is open from Tuesday to Friday, from mid-morning to evening. They will send out the bags on Nov. 17, but will still be accepting donations until that morning.
Holy Trinity Church
What they’re doing: Their annual Pie-A-Thon, preparing more than 300 pies.
What they need: People to purchase pies and either take them home or donate them to the Glory Hole Shelter. Proceeds go to the Holy Trinity Church and McPhetres Hall.
Where you can participate: At Holy Trinity Church, 325 Gold St.
When you can participate: People can pre-order pies for $20 up until Thursday. Pies may be picked up between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The Salvation Army
What they’re doing: Preparing a meal at The Hangar, served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
What they need: “A lot of turkeys” and store-bought desserts, and any other nonperishable food items are welcomed
Where you can donate: At the Salvation Army, 429 Willoughby Ave.
When you can donate: Weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and during social service hour from 4-6 p.m. People can also call 586-2136 to set up a time to drop food off.
Southeast Alaska Food Bank
What they’re doing: Their biggest food drive of the year this Friday, Nov. 17, as well as usual food collection.
What they need: Nonperishables, particularly peanut butter, canned fruit and soup. They also accept pet food as well as miscellaneous items such as toiletries and diapers. They will also need volunteers to help collect food on Friday and deliver it on Saturday. Volunteers can call Darren Adams at 209-7801.
Where you can donate: For Friday’s food drive, there will be collections at both IGA locations. In general, donations can go to the food bank at 10020 Crazy Horse Drive or at dropboxes at the Nugget Mall, Pavitt Health & Fitness and Rainbow Foods.
When you can donate: Friday’s food drive runs from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Donations at the food bank are accepted Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
St. Vincent De Paul
What they’re doing: Putting together more than 300 Thanksgiving baskets.
What they need: Turkeys, instant mashed potatoes, stuffing, canned vegetables, pumpkin pies, cranberry sauce, gravy mix, butter and other nonperishables.
Where you can donate: Food donations can be dropped off at the office at 8617 Teal Street. Monetary donations can be sent via mail to the office or online at www.svdpjuneau.org. People with further questions can call 789-5535, ext. 4 or 7.
When you can donate: Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Any local organizations that would like to add their names to this list should contact reporter Alex McCarthy at 523-2271 or email@example.com. This list will be updated throughout the week with any changes, and will be republished in next Sunday’s newspaper.