St. Mary's Food Bank begins distribution

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

PHOENIX -- St. Mary's Food Bank began their holiday distribution Monday morning.

"We had people line up as early as 4:30 a.m. this morning. We probably have a line 250 people deep and we have over 200 cars that are circling 31st Avenue and Thomas waiting for us to open at 9 a.m. so the demand is absolutely there," Jerry Brown of St. Mary's Food Bank said.

Food distribution began at 9 a.m. St. Mary's expects to reach 8,000 families at the Phoenix location over the next three days.

Their goal is to have 5,000 turkeys to give out. They are currently 2,000 turkeys short of this goal.

Those interested in donating during the next three days can visit St. Mary's Food Bank in Phoenix or Surprise between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

"We always have some challenges over the three days but the idea is to get holiday meals on the tables of as many people as we can possibly do that," Brown said.

Another turkey drive is going on Monday in Glendale at the Glendale Fraternal Order of Police from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.