Thanksgiving Food Drive 2016

Hello friends!

It’s hard to believe that it is already time again to be thinking about Thanksgiving and the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. The board has been meeting for the past several months and plans are already starting to come together to make 2016 another very successful year.

Is your businesses, church, school, or neighborhood planning to participate in the food drive? We want and need your help! Please help rally your friends and neighbors to donate food or money for this worthy cause. Our goal is to provide the supplies for a wonderful Thanksgiving meal to as many less fortunate families as we possibly can. We can’t do it without you.

We will be collecting donations for the Thanksgiving Food Drive on Monday, November 21, 2016 at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex. Distribution to pre-approved families will occur the next day.

To get involved, please click on the volunteer or donate pages to learn more.

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Like us on Facebook

Check us out on Facebook at You can join the event to let us know you are supporting us. Plus, you can watch and share this cool video to help us promote the 2015 Thanksgiving Food drive.

See you at the 2015 Thanksgiving Food Drive on Monday, November 23, 2015 from 2 – 6 p.m. at Maude Cobb Convention Center, 100 Grand Blvd.

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Be Thankful at Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods

For many years, Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods have been great partners with the Longview Thanksgiving Food Drive. They help with logistics, acquiring food at great prices, volunteering, advertising, and so much more.  They even make it easy for you to donate to the Food Drive as you are checking out your groceries. Even if it isn’t your normal grocery stop, we hope you will join us in saying thanks to Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods for their commitment to helping the local community. image

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We’re thankful it’s November Again! Bring on the 2015 Food Drive!

Fall is our favorite time of year. The weather starts cooling. The leaves start turning. And lots of people start thinking: how can we help our community during the holidays?

We want to say thank you to everyone who chooses to help through the Longview Thanksgiving Food Drive. Every year, we are able to provide food supplies to over 1,000 local families in the Longview, Texas area. We can only do this because generous people do the great things that generous people do. We are thankful that people donate food during the food drive; kids are able to donate through drives at their schools; neighbors participate in the Scouting for Food effort; patrons to Super 1 Foods can donate ready-made bags.

In short, thank you Longview! We’re thankful for your continued support for the past 31 years and we are looking forward to another really awesome November in 2015. Let’s make this great!

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30th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive – November 24, 2014

The 30th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive is from 2 – 6 p.m., Monday, November 24, 2014, at the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex, 100 Grand Blvd., Longview, TX.

It’s a very thankful time of year again, and we need your help to feed local needy families! The Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive last year fed more than 1,000 families, bringing the total of families helped to more than 25,000 since the drive was started in 1985. This year, we are gearing up for another great turnout. We hope that you will help us help our neighbors.

Ways you can help the Longview Thanksgiving Food Drive: 

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2014 Food Drive Dedicated to Mary Helen Bair

The 30th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive is dedicated in memory of Mary Helen Bair, who was the long-time chair of the event. She was known for her community involvement throughout the Longview area. She had a passion for the Thanksgiving Food Drive, and she inspired those around her to join in the effort.  Mary Helen passed away on September 3, 2014.

We are thankful for the many years of her service that she dedicated to the Longview community. We are all better for having known Mary Helen Bair.

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Every Year, Longview Gives Thanks

It’s an annual tradition in Longview, Texas. On the Monday before Thanksgiving, volunteers flood the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex with food, food, and more food. The volunteers come from all walks of life. Schools, churches, businesses, retirees, everyone comes together to help sort through the thousands of pounds of food items. Then, on Tuesday before Thanksgiving, pre-approved families arrive to receive their Thanksgiving food gift.

It sounds so simple. Someone gives food. Someone gets food. Everyone gives thanks.

In a way, it really is that simple. But in reality, it takes a lot of planning and coordinating to acquire and distribute enough food for 1,000 needy families. Not to mention the pre-approval process to make sure that the food actually goes to people who need it. After thirty years of practice though, the process has become poetry in motion. Well, maybe the food sorting day isn’t quite poetry, perhaps choreographed chaos. But at the end of the day, the food is beautifully sorted and ready for the families by the next day.

Making it all work are volunteers. The Longview Thanksgiving Food Drive has no paid staff. We coordinate with existing local nonprofits to assist with the application process. The rest of the work is done by trusty volunteers that faithfully hold food drives and gather food from their neighbors. It really is a community process.

If you’ve never participated in the Food Drive, we invite you to get involved. If not this year, then maybe next year, or the year after that. We don’t think the need is going away anytime soon, so we plan to stick around for a while. 

Come get involved and give thanks with us. If you would like to volunteer or donate food, meet us at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex, 100 Grand Blvd., on the Monday before Thanksgiving.

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