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At United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania (UNC), Thanksgiving remains a time to help struggling families prepare for their own holiday traditions with a Thanksgiving food basket.

On Nov. 26, for the 34th year, UNC will once again provide almost 1,500 families with children all the trimmings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Each family will receive a basket including a turkey, potatoes, carrots, bread or croutons, cranberry sauce, celery, onions, apples, pumpkin pie mix, pie crust mix, non-dairy whipped topping, and canned vegetables. Distribution of baskets will begin at 10 a.m. at St. John Neumann Church, 633 Orchard Street, Scranton.

Registration for UNC’s Thanksgiving Feed-A-Friend Food Basket Program will begin Nov. 1 at the agency’s Community Services Building, 410 Olive Street, Scranton. Families can register through Nov. 22, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Registering families must have children 18 or under living in the household. Proof of income and documentation of family members in the household are required for registration.

Funding comes directly from community members and donations, and with the increase in need seen throughout the year at local food banks and pantries, UNC expects it will need to raise at least $30,000 this year to meet the growing demand at a cost of $35 per family.

United Neighborhood Centers is currently accepting both monetary and traditional Thanksgiving food donations to assist in the Thanksgiving Feed-A-Friend Food Basket Program. For more information or to make a donation, call (570) 346-0759 or (570) 343-8835, or visit www.uncnepa.org/donate.

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