Annual Gristedes Thanksgiving Turkey Drive Launched

Between now and Thanksgiving Weekend, shoppers at Gristedes’ 31 supermarkets in Manhattan and Brooklyn can make donations at the cash register to provide holiday turkeys to families in need. Donations, which in past years have exceeded $20,000, support the efforts of St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters.

St. Francis, in turn, supports more than 40 non-profit food pantries, soup kitchens, safe havens, drop-in centers, and shelters in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Long Island, Westchester, and New Jersey.

John Catsimatidis, Gristedes’ chair and CEO said, “St. Francis Food Pantries does an outstanding  job supporting our needy in a dignified and supportive way, and Gristedes is proud to join them to help more New Yorkers have a happy Thanksgiving. Gristedes is fortunate to have so many loyal and caring customers who pitch in to support worthy charitable causes, such as this one.”

Father Francis Gasparik, a co-founder of St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters said, “Gristedes’ Thanksgiving Turkey Drive helps us at St. Francis Food Pantries give many deserving families in the New York area an enjoyable and happy Thanksgiving dinner. Without Gristedes this would not be possible. We are profoundly grateful to Gristedes for their commitment and support.”

For more information about the work of St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters,
visit stfrancispantries.org.