Food Bank Provides Goods For 125 Families

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Some 125 families in the Payson area got some holiday cheer Monday from their friends at the St. Vincent de Paul/Payson Food Bank.

That's how many food baskets went out to needy families. The baskets -- actually boxes -- were full of turkeys and all the trimmings and a little bit more.

Young and old, single folks and families lined up early Monday at the Food Bank, adjacent to St Philip's Church, to cart away their goods.

Joe Calderone, president of St. Vincent de Paul, said many of the people who come for the Thanksgiving boxes come year after year, "but there are always some new faces."

There are single folks, couples and families with as many as six or seven children, he said.

Thanksgiving isn't the only time that St. Vincent de Paul volunteers help the needy. About 150 families a month receive food from the Payson Food Bank.

At Christmas, St. Vincent de Paul, the group in charge of the Food Bank, works with the Payson Lioness Club to provide food for needy families.

"We still need more turkeys because we give at Christmas, too," Calderone said. "We need canned goods and fresh fruits, too."

For information, or to donate to St. Vincent de Paul/Payson Community Food Bank, contact Joe Calderone at 474-9115.

Donations of nonperishable food can be taken to St. Vincent de Paul/Food Bank at 511 St. Philips St. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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