For some less fortunate, Thanksgiving dinner is only made possible through community donations to a local food bank or food pantry.
Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude and showing graciousness for what one has, so here are some local food drives collecting to give to those less fortunate:
Smithtown Kickers 5K Turkey Trot is asking all participants and those stopping by to cheer on the races to bring canned foods to be donated to the Smithtown Food Bank to help replenish its shelves after Thanksgiving.
Our Daily Bread soup kitchen at St. James R.C. church in Setauket is collecting food donations. Those wishing to donate can drop items in the church basement and can leave a turkey in the freezer in basement
In support of Island Harvest’s annual Turkey and Trimmings Collection Campaign to help feed Long Islanders struggling with hunger during the holiday season, Lake Grove's Panera Bread is among the many Long Island locations accepting non-perishable food items and frozen turkey donations now through Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.
Donation bins have been set up for boxed and canned foods; frozen turkeys can be donated at the counter.