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SPRING TWP., Pa. - Hundreds of families in Berks and Schuylkill counties will enjoy the centerpiece of a traditional Thanksgiving feast, thanks to Giant Food Stores.

Representatives of the Carlisle-based company and its six supermarkets in Berks County visited the Helping Harvest food bank in Spring Township on Tuesday. They donated 500 turkeys to the food bank and volunteered their time to help organize and stock its warehouse shelves.

"Our annual turkey donation is something our team members look forward to all year long, but it's more than a tradition for Giant," said John Ponnett, the company's senior vice president of retail operations. "It's a way for us to help ensure families facing food insecurity can gather around the table and enjoy a warm holiday meal."

The food bank will distribute the donated turkeys to its partner pantries and Mobile Markets in Berks and Schuylkill counties. From there, the turkeys will be given to families in need.

"What it's going to allow us to do is help make the Thanksgiving holiday that much brighter for 500 local families that otherwise might not have a turkey on their table come Thanksgiving Day," said Doug Long, Helping Harvest's manager of marketing and development.

Anyone in need of food assistance can contact Helping Harvest by calling 610-926-5802, ext. 201. The food bank's staff can help put those in need in contact with one of the more than 300 charitable food programs in Berks and Schuylkill counties.