People in a line extending several blocks from the local food bank waited for their turn to receive a free turkey and other food items to prepare their Thanksgiving dinner.
The early morning cold and frost were not a problem for many, however, as they sat in the comfort of their own vehicles with their windows rolled up and sometimes the heater running.
The Thanksgiving holiday box giveaway organized by the Madera County Food Bank was a drive-through-style distribution on Saturday. Volunteers helped control traffic several blocks away and directed the voucher holders. Only those who had obtained a voucher were allowed in the line and into the food bank’s warehouse, where dozens of volunteers — from the Madera County Food Bank and Pacific Gas & Electric Company — loaded turkeys and other food items in the vehicles’ trunks. Upon redemption, vouchers were entered into a drawing for 10 artificial Christmas trees donated by Madera Walmart.
Recipients acknowledged the work of the volunteers and thanked them for the help. One returning beneficiary was Norma Price, who received a ride from a friend to get her holiday food box...