The Center for Family Resources held its 34th annual Thanks for Giving holiday food distribution program from Nov. 20-23 at IAMAW Local Lodge 709, 1032 S. Marietta Parkway SE in Marietta.

Between 750 and 800 families were served with food for the family depending on the size, enough food to get them up to and through the Thanksgiving day meal.

The annual program relies on the commitment and generosity of the Cobb County community. Schools, civic groups, churches and corporate organizations across the county hosted drives to collect holiday food items, which were distributed to struggling local families in time for them to prepare a homemade Thanksgiving meal.

Alongside the green beans, stuffing mixes and other traditional holiday ingredients, the food boxes included a grocery store gift certificate for a turkey, ham or other meat of the family’s choice. Since the week of Thanksgiving can be a strain on families’ food budgets while children are home from school, the Thanks for Giving boxes also pack extra grocery items, such as peanut butter and breakfast cereal, to provide quick meals and lessen parents’ anxieties about feeding their children.

CFR’s sponsors of the 2019 Thanks for Giving program were platinum sponsor Genuine Parts Company, presenting sponsor Publix Super Markets Charities, Great Gatherer Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Bountiful Benefactors Cobb EMC Community Foundation and IAMAW Local Lodge 709 and Plentiful Providers Arylessence Inc., Blue Sky Exhibits LLC, Clinton & Cindy Harkins, Comcast, E. Smith Heating & Air Conditioning Inc., Henssler Financial, Lynn Maus, Maxwell Chase Technologies/Aptar Atlanta, R&R Electrical Inc., Renasant Bank, Stephen Owens, Tri-State Utility Products Inc. and Unique Environmental Landscapes.

Because of Cobb County’s generous giving, not only will needy families enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together, the food pantry at Cobb Family Resources will be stocked for about three months to come.

Saturday afternoon was spent serving those who came that day and volunteers gathered up the leftovers and delivered them to the pantry.

Since 1960, the CFR has annually helped more than 10,000 low-income families with temporary financial and food assistance, housing, and employment and education services. By “empowering families to help themselves,” the staff at CFR is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by helping families acquire the resources needed to become independent and self-sufficient.

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