Once again, the United Way of Greater New Bedford is stepping up to feed at least 1,000 needy families at Thanksgiving and they're asking the public to pitch in and help out.

On Saturday, November 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Buttonwood Park Warming House, volunteers from the United Way and staff members from WBSM and Fun 107 will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items as part of the Hunger Heroes Food Drop.

United Way Vice President of Marketing and Community Engagement Victoria Grasela stopped by Townsquare Sunday this week and said the agency is looking for traditional Thanksgiving foods like gravy (no glass containers), stuffing mixes, canned vegetables, juices, instant mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and cornbread mix.

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The food drop-off on November 13 is only one part of the Hunger Heroes Food Drive. The United Way has been collecting food for months at 35 schools, businesses and other locations across Southeastern Mass.

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Grasela said all of the food, including the food you donate on November 13, will be brought to Keith Middle School, where on November 20 a team of volunteers will make up more than 1,000 food baskets.

Those baskets will include a gift card to purchase a turkey or ham, and a pie donated by Table Talk Pies. The baskets will then be transported to food pantries throughout the region for distribution to needy families.

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