A thousand turkeys, tons of veggies at Brooklyn Borough Hall Thanksgiving giveaway

Tradition of sharing by community organizations

November 25, 2014 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
BP Eric Adams and scores of volunteers from Brooklyn organizations distrubuted food for Thanksgiving. Photo by Mary Frost
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Surrounded by piles of collards and sacks of potatoes piled on the steps of Borough Hall on Monday morning, Borough President Eric Adams and a host of volunteers distributed 1,000 turkeys and several tons of fixings to representatives of more than a hundred Brooklyn community groups and food pantries.

Adams urged Brooklynites to go the extra mile for their less fortunate neighbors this Thanksgiving.

“Make your neighbor a plate, invite someone over who’s less fortunate,” he said

Victor Pupo, director of marketing for Affinity Health Plan, told community groups, “It’s all about giving back.”

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The Greater Bright Light Missionary Baptist Church of East New York was the first charitable organization in line to receive its distribution. Volunteers from National Grid, the Lions Club, Mixed Martial Arts PX, New Hope Family Worship Center and 500 Men Making a Difference piled turkeys, sacks of potatoes, and crates of apples, yams and collard greens onto carts, as representatives hugged Adams and posed for photos.

In addition, Adams provided an additional 1,000 turkeys, in partnership with local elected officials, to over 40 churches in Brownsville, Crown Heights and Sunset Park. On Thanksgiving, he is hosting a dinner for senior citizens at Boys and Girls High School, sponsored by LCG Community Services, as well as attending dinners feeding the hungry and homeless that will be served at Coney Island Gospel Assembly and Milk River in Crown Heights.

BP Adams was joined by representatives of the event’s sponsors, including Affinity Health Plan, Amalgamated Bank, American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Fairway Market, Flushing Savings Bank, Friends of DeCosta Headley, HealthPlus Amerigroup, Investors Bank, National Grid, ShopRite and Western Beef.

 — Mary Frost

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