The holiday season is arriving fast, and just as quickly, local food banks and charities are collecting large sums of food to help needy families heading into Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

“There is a big need for it,” said an anonymous volunteer at Catalina Community Services, where about 245 needy families registered for a turkey giveaway. 

On Monday, the Golder Ranch Fire Department and Elks Lodge teamed up with Catalina Community Services to give away not only turkeys, but a whole fixing to those in need, including yams, gravy, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and more.

Catalina Community Services held a drive leading to the giveaway, and was thankful to all those who contributed their time and food for those in need.

“We pay for whatever food we don’t collect, so freebies are always best,” the volunteer said. “We’ve had a number of people help out.”

At Interfaith Community Services, a collection of turkeys is also ensuing, though volunteers and staff are happy to see other foods come in for the holidays.

“We are doing food boxes from the 13th through the 30th (of November),” said volunteer Marilyn Zimmerman. “We are trying to put a turkey in each one, but we ran out of turkeys, so we are putting chickens in some of them. We’ve been doing pretty good so far, but we could use more donations still.”

To collect a food box from Interfaith Community Services, take in a valid photo ID. Interfaith will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, as well as on the 22nd and 23rd

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona has seen a couple of turkeys coming in each day as they continue to collect for the holidays. The food bank is also giving out its regular food boxes in addition to holiday food donations.

The Marana Food Bank continues to accept donations as well, and distributions are made on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. 

Donation hours are as follows: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Proof of residence and a valid picture ID will be required to pick up food.

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