Kansas City charity scrambles to provide holiday groceries

November 20, 2019 - 4:00 am
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Kansas City, MO - Della Lamb Community Services is asking for help to provide Thanksgiving groceries to more people struggling to get by during the holidays. 

The need this year is much greater than they anticipated, says Judy Akers, executive vice president at Della Lamb.

"We were planning to serve 800 plus families and right now we're at 1,150," said Akers. 

Thanksgiving is stressful for people who are trying to help low-income families, and it is hard on the families who are trying to survive on $1,000 to $1,500 a month.

"Knowing that you're doing your best, and trying to keep a family together and cover the rent, cover the utilities and then cover special needs for Thanksgiving or Christmas," Akers said. 

People can help by donating $35 or they can also pick up an extra frozen, 10-12 pound turkey or other groceries at the store, then call ahead at 816-842-8040 and drop it off at the Della Lamb offices at 500 Woodland Avenue in Kansas City, Mo. 

Akers had a few suggestions for items families can use.

"Stuffing mix, chocolate cake mix, chocolate frosting mix, apple pie filling, graham cracker crusts, eggs, butter, cans of cranberry sauce," she said.

Della Lamb will hand out care packages, including turkeys, potatoes, onions and other groceries at their Operation Thanksgiving program Tuesday, Nov. 26. 

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