CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The holidays are right around the corner and they may be coming too quickly for City Gospel Mission's annual Thanksgiving Exchange feeding program.
Organizers say they currently only have half of the food donations and half of the volunteers needed. The Thanksgiving Exchange will provide food to more than 1,200 area families.
This is the first year City Gospel Mission is moving away from free food baskets and having the families pay $10 for their basket.
Organizers said the change was part of a philosophical shift toward poverty alleviation with this program rather than a free "handout." However, fewer churches are partnering with the organization this year, which has contributed toward the shortage.
City Gospel Mission also needs more than 100 volunteers for the Thanksgiving exchange to help sort, stock, assemble and distribute the food to partner churches.
How you can help:
Organizers said they still need various food items including: 64 ounce containers of juice, dinner rolls by the dozen, 4 lb bags sugar, 1 lb bags/boxes elbow macaroni, 1 lb bags/boxes spaghetti & 24 ounce jars sauce, 15 ounce cans peaches, 15 ounce cans fruit cocktail, 20 ounce cans pineapple, 16 ounce boxed cake mixes & 16 ounce tubs icing, 1 lb packs butter, 10 ounce cans or 32 ounce boxes chicken broth, 3 lb bags fresh sweet potatoes, 2 lb bags onions, 5 lb bags potatoes, 14 ounce cans corn, 14 ounce cans green beans and 12 to 20 lb frozen turkey.
Donations can be dropped off at City Gospel Mission on Elm Street through Sunday, November 16. Beginning Monday, November 17 through Wednesday, November 19 donations should be dropped off at Christ Temple Baptist Church at 3060 Durrell Avenue. Donations hours are 9 a.m. to noon or 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Food distribution goes to partner churches and individuals on Thursday.
City Gospel Mission was founded in 1924 by James N. Gamble of Procter & Gamble. The organization offers food, shelter, recovery programs, job placement assistance and youth mentoring to people in need.