Area food pantries feed the needy

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - This time of year is all about saying thanks and spending time with family and friends, but it's also the time when the Tri-State comes together to help those in need people they don't even know.

The long lines continued Tuesday at St. Vincent de Paul in Over-The-Rhine where people waited in wet weather for a full Thanksgiving meal.

Several Cincinnati Bengals took time out of their schedules to help volunteers distribute food at the Frees Store food bank.  Running Back Chris Pressley says its all about giving back to the community.

"There's so much going on in our society with all the negative things happening, this is one time, especially around the holidays, that people can get together, help out in the community and make a big difference," said Pressley.

The Freestore Foodbank set a record of serving nearly 3,000 families on the first day of their Thanksgiving Box giveaway. The boxes contain such holiday staples as stuffing, canned goods and a turkey.

The box of food is a big help to Sherri Edwards who is struggling to make ends meet. "This is going to mean a lot for my family this year, you know I lost my employment in July so I really appreciate this," she said.

In Bond Hill food is given out twice a week. The Temple's Volunteer Coordinator Paul Lampley says she's seeing more and more working families in need. "We have actually seen it grow and we have found that during the holidays people's needs grow."

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