Saturday turkey drive aims to help Glory Hole fill holiday boxes

A turkey drive will be held Saturday to help the Glory Hole — Juneau’s soup kitchen and emergency shelter — fill up its holiday food boxes before Thanksgiving.

The drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Super Bear Supermarket. The U.S. Forest Service is slated to host another food drive for the Glory Hole before Thanksgiving on Nov. 21.

The Glory Hole has received 31 turkeys to date, volunteer Morgan Hopson said, and they should have plenty of frozen birds by the end of the two drives to feed the 130 people who have signed up to receive the food boxes so far.

Dried and canned food is another story, though, she said.

“We’re super short on canned and dry foods,” Hopson said.

Only 12 sticks of butter have been donated and 24 boxes of instant mashed potatoes and stuffing. No canned milk, rolls, pies, real potatoes or hams have been received as of Friday. The number for the amount of canned fruit, fresh fruit, gravy and chicken bullion collected so far had not been calculated.

Hopson said they have received 43 cans of green beans, 100 cans of corn and 36 cans of cranberry sauce, but more are still needed to feed the 130 people, plus those who haven’t signed up yet. That deadline to receive a holiday food box is Nov. 20.

The Glory Hole has enough discretionary spending to pay for the rest of the food if it is not donated, Hopson said. But she said she hopes the community will turn out to support the food drives.

Time is running out to donate, she said — the first pick-up date for the boxes is this upcoming Wednesday. There will be a scheduled pick-up time each day from then until Nov. 23. Only people on the list will receive boxes.

Last year, 347 holiday food boxes were given out.

For information on how to donate, call 586-4159 or visit www.feedjuneau.org. For those interested in receiving a holiday food box, call 586-4159 to place an order by Nov. 20, or stop by 247 S. Franklin St.

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