Norman Oliver’s Turkey Drive aims to feed 3,000
Esteban Parra, The News JournalPublished 6:11 p.m. ET Nov. 11, 2015 | Updated 6:51 p.m. ET Nov. 11, 2015
Emma L. Cannon already has plans for the turkey she will receive from the Turkey Drive that provides free Thanksgiving birds to 3,000 of the state's neediest people this holiday season.
"It's to share with a family that don't have," the 64-year-old Cannon said, adding it's important to be able to help others in greater need. "I love to give, and the more I give, my life is full of peace. It adds joy and peace to me when I see them smile, especially when I give it to a family who didn't have a clue what they were going to eat for Thanksgiving."
Cannon, the residential president of Luther Towers II in Wilmington's Trolley Square, said she has several invitations to be with family and friends for Thanksgiving so she won't go without dinner. But she would feel better if someone needy received the turkey that will be provided to her Nov. 24 by Norman Oliver and his NOR Enterprises, which has been providing Thanksgiving dinners to needy Delawareans for 33 years.
That need has continued to grow over the years.
According to Feed America's Map the Meal Gap, there are more than 122,000 people across the state facing food insecurity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture measures that as a of lack of access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. That number has jumped by 16,000 people since the Chicago-based organization started keeping this map in 2009.
The Food Bank of Delaware, which had 900,000 visits at its sites and member sites last year, said adults with disabilities, as well as senior citizens whose Social Security checks don't cover their needs, are the largest populations they serve.
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TO HELP OR GET HELP
To donate or receive a turkey, contact Norman Oliver & the Turkey Drive at:
1213 B St.
Wilmington, DE 19801
The 35th annual Turkey Drive last year fed over 30,000 people and is on pace to do the same this year.
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