St. Vincent de Paul Provides Hungry Families Holiday Dinners By The Boxful

Dec 20, 2017

Santa and a big turkey were on hand today  in Springfield to help feed struggling families.  It’s St. Vincent de Paul’s annual holiday food box giveaway. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Turkey Drive spokesperson Betty Snowden (left) and Santa (Dan Nau) stand outside St. Alice Catholic Church for this year's holiday food box giveaway.
Credit Brian Bull / KLCC

Dressed up in feathers and sporting a wide-fanned tail, Betty Snowden does her trademark gobble...

"Gobble, gobble, gobble!!"

….as volunteers carry boxes of hams, turkeys, rolls, and other food to a stream of cars outside St. Alice Catholic Church. 

Volunteers and Santa greet recipients of over 3,000 food boxes today for St. Vincent de Paul's yearly giveaway event in Springfield.
Credit Brian Bull / KLCC

“Can I have a turkey here…have a turkey here?" asks Dan Nau, dressed as Santa.

Organizers with St. Vincent de Paul expect more than 3,000 food boxes will be given away this holiday season.

Volunteers prepare boxes and carry them out to cars at today's event.
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“There are so many people that are really having a problem in the time that we’re living in and being able to make ends meet," says Snowden. 

"And without this holiday box, people would be going hungry, and would not have the pleasure of having a holiday meal.”

The non-profit group, Feeding America, says 1 out of 8 households struggle to feed their members. This amounts to nearly 13 million kids.

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