Thousands of Families Receive Meals at Food Distribution Events – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Organizations across North Texas have come together to provide meals to needy families before Thanksgiving week.

The Dallas Mavericks have partnered with Minnie’s Food Pantry to hold an annual Thanksgiving sweepstakes.

“We want to serve with love and that’s what we do,” said Cynt Marshall, CEO of Dallas Mavericks. “I have to say, we don’t just work here for the Mavs. We don’t just play here, we live here too. We’re part of that, and we’re just as loud, rowdy and proud as in the arena. “

There was live music and food for grateful families.

“I am a single mother. I have two children and my disabled mother. So yeah, it’s a blessing, “said Renee Ritch.” It’s so tough these days of being a single parent. “

Some drivers even queued the night before.

“People have been here since 8:00 p.m. last night. We serve 4,000 people today. It’s amazing what’s going on here in Minnie’s pantry today. That’s 1,300 more than last year, ”said Marshall.

In Dallas, CitySquare was giving away 1,200 turkeys to people who had coupons.

“That is twice as much as in recent years, so a new record for us,” said the volunteer coordinator of the CitySquare Food Pantry, Liz Salas.

Another great dinner gift on Saturday was a partnership between the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas and Baskets for Good.

Volunteers put together meals this week and on Saturday volunteers delivered Thanksgiving baskets to more than 400 families.