The Great Turkey Giveaway 2020

Local Food Pantry Marks Tenth Annual Great Turkey Giveaway

More than 550 Families to Receive Complete Christmas Dinners

Each Christmas, The Shepherd’s Market food pantry offers its clients lagniappe, or a little something extra, in the form of its annual Great Turkey Giveaway. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, this year’s giveaway on Saturday December 19 is bigger than ever, and 550 families will receive the ingredients for a complete Christmas dinner.

Located in south Baton Rouge on the campus of St. John’s United Methodist Church, the client-choice food pantry has always hosted its biggest giveaway of the year as a drive-thru experience. The market’s dedicated volunteers easily adapted to the changes required by COVID-19, as by April 2020 they pivoted from offering families in need of a hot meal and an in-person grocery shopping experience to providing food boxes twice a week with a drive-thru operation. The pandemic has not stopped The Shepherd’s Market from feeding people.

From a turkey and fresh vegetables to dessert and homemade bread, families will be blessed at the Tenth Annual Great Turkey Giveaway. Volunteers are also blessed by participating in the exciting annual event, connecting with members of the community to celebrate the joy of the season.

“Over the years our feeding ministry has touched countless lives. Those who received food, as well as those who gave food, have all been touched,” says Theresa Sandifer, director of The Shepherd’s Market, which is entirely run by volunteers. “One might even say that our annual Great Turkey Giveaway is now a holiday tradition for our nonprofit.”

University Laboratory School supports the giveaway with its annual One Great Day of Giving, and the school provides most of the side items that round out the meal. Produce is provided by the Greater Baton Rouge Area Food Bank, of which The Shepherd’s Market is an official partnering agency. This year the pantry has partnered with Rouses Market on Burbank, which will deliver the turkeys on the morning of the Giveaway.

Those who would like to support The Shepherd’s Market’s feeding ministry and the Great Turkey Giveaway can make a donation via PayPal from Families in need can open a file by visiting the pantry during a regular shift, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 10 a.m. First-time clients will need a picture I.D. and proof of current address. The pantry’s focus area includes zip codes 70808, 70809, 70810 and 70820, but they serve any family in need.

About The Shepherd’s Market

The Shepherd’s Market is the largest project of Opening Doors, a Louisiana Nonprofit Corporation. Opening Doors is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. We operate on the St. John’s United Methodist Church campus.

The Great Turkey Giveaway

Each year The Shepherd’s Market has been able to provide lagniappe, or a little something extra, to our clients in the form of our Great Turkey Giveaway. On the Saturday before Christmas we provide families with a complete turkey dinner. This exciting event brings our community together to celebrate the joy of the season.

Saturday, December 19, 2020, will be the 10th Annual Great Turkey Giveaway!

Would you like to help us feed families with a turkey dinner at Christmas time? You can feed a family for $15, or you can make a contribution for another amount. We appreciate your support!

Our previous annual giveaways have been big successes. This year we will again give away more than 500 loaves of homemade bread (thanks to Duane Craig), 500 turkeys each with a blessing tag, 500 bags of fresh produce from the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, and 500 bags of side items to complete holiday meals! What a great day of service. Our volunteers are the best!!! Thank you to everyone!

Each year University Lab School holds its One Great Day of Giving to support our Great Turkey Giveaway. We are so grateful.

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Where?/¿Donde? St. John’s United Methodist Church – 9375 Highland Road, Baton Rouge *en la gymnasia, cuarto C

When?/¿Cuando? Thursdays at 7 p.m. / Jueves a las 7 en la noche

Invite sus amigos y familia! Para obtener mas informacion llame 225-907-7283.

For more information, call 225-907-7283.

Thanksgiving Hens Giveaway

We partnered with The Scott Law Firm and The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to provide 400 hens and trimmings for Thanksgiving packages given away from 8-11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Premier Healthcare is provided 400 gravy packets to go along with hens.

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Albertsons Community Partners

The Shepherd’s Market is participating in the Albertsons Community Partners Program. There is no cost to get involved and we will benefit greatly with your help.
Pick up a card and scan it at the check out each time you shop at Albertsons. We will earn 1% of your shopping each time you scan this card. If possible, please make copies of the card and distribute to friends, family, neighbors and co-workers who may be willing to help us as well.
Thank you in advance for your support in this campaign. We sincerely appreciate it