Each year, our volunteer group, Yes We CAN! Food Drives, reaches out to our community to help us provide a Happier Thanksgiving for families in need by asking for donated turkeys so they, too, can share a holiday dinner. These are families and individuals who must supplement their food by utilizing the three food pantries of Arm in Arm (formerly The Crisis Ministry).

The pantries in Princeton and Trenton offer free food and nutritional advice to 1,600 families with low income, the unemployed, the handicapped, veterans, the elderly and most certainly children. And, each year, there are more and more individuals and families who need this help.

This year, in addition to asking you to donate frozen turkeys at our turkey drive on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the West Windsor Farmers’ Market, we are requesting you also donate the turkey “fixings” that we all love.

Our volunteers will be at our Yes We CAN! table at the Farmers’ Market on Nov. 11 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., collecting such fixings as potatoes, gravy packages, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, pie ingredients or anything else you and your family enjoy on Thanksgiving. If you’d rather offer a cash donation, we will happily shop for you. My specialty, I might add!

By the way, if you haven’t been to the market, you are in for a wonderful treat. Over 12 farmers bring their freshly picked produce, while other vendors sell fresh baked goods, jams, local honey, and lots more. And, there’s always entertainment and food for the marketgoers.

Look for our Yes We CAN! banner on Nov. 11 at the West Windsor Farmers’ Market, which is located off Alexander Road on Vaughn Drive, on the way to the train station. Parking is free. See you there.

— Fran Engler
Engler is the publicity chair for Yes We CAN! Food Drives.