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Thanksgiving Food Drive 2021

My beloved parents, Jake and Betsy Roak led the inaugural St. Paul’s Thanksgiving Food Drive in November 2019 and the congregation responded with great enthusiasm. Honoring their commitment to help those in need, we are doing it again!

Last year, because of your overwhelming response, we delivered 200 Turkeys, bags of fixings and sides and $1500 to restock pantries to the Food Pantry at St Lukes’s Germantown, Face to Face in Germantown, the Southside Church Center in East Germantown.

In communities across the country, the lines at food pantries are stretching longer and there’s no clear end in sight. In the midst of economic instability and a health crisis, new estimates point to some of the worst rates of food insecurity in the United States in years. With your help, we are looking to ease the burdens of those in need.

We invite you to help again this year.

You can create a meal for a family, consisting from the specified shopping list below. Or, you can donate $35 to St. Paul’s Church under “Outreach Donation,” and we will assemble and deliver the meal bags (supply chain permitting) or donate money directly to purchase food items to meet critical needs.

If you plan to participate either way, please sign up using the link below by November 10, indicating your preference to create or fund the meal bags; this will allow us to plan distribution for the greatest impact.

Sign-up form to donate

Donate now (securely!) on our website

  • For online donations, select “Outreach Donation” and note Thanksgiving Food Drive on the memo line.
  • For checks, please make them payable to St. Paul’s Church, memo: Outreach Committee/Thanksgiving Food Drive. (Address: St. Paul’s Church, 22 East Chestnut Hill Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118)

Thanksgiving Meal Shopping List

A meal includes Bag 1 + Bag 2

(Note: Since many of the recipients will be walking or taking public transportation, reusable bags will allow for easier transport.)

Reusable shopping bag #1 – frozen items:

  • 1 10-12 lbs frozen turkey
  • 1 frozen pumpkin or apple pie

Reusable shopping bag #2 – dry goods:

  • 1 box of mashed potatoes
  • 1 14 oz. can cranberry sauce
  • 2 6 oz. boxes of Stove Top Mix for Turkey
  • 2 14.05 oz cans of green beans
  • 1 12 oz. jar of turkey gravy

Shoppers, please plan to drop off your meal to St. Paul’s Dixon House on Sunday, November 21, 9-11 a.m. 

Thank you, in advance, for giving the gift of a Thanksgiving meal to those in need.

With gratitude,
Lisa and Mike Budd
St. Paul’s Church Outreach Committee

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