Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen in need of Thanksgiving turkeys

Pantry distributed 150 turkeys to families last year

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen and Pantry in Chicopee distributed turkeys to 150 families last Thanksgiving, but this year, they are falling short of where they should be.

Executive Director Andrea Marion told 22News that they received their first gift of 25 turkeys on Wednesday. That is a start, but last year at this time, they had 40 turkeys. She told 22News she’s dealing with a lot of disappointment.

“It’s tough. We get daily calls from some clients looking for turkeys and help for Thanksgiving. We do what we can, but we can’t help everyone- we can’t help anybody- without the help from the public,” Marion said.

Joel Orellano’s one of the lucky ones who’ve received a turkey for next week’s feast.

“Thanksgiving is the best. I just love Thanksgiving. the food, the turkey, oh man. My son loves it too, as well,” Orellano said.

Janet Willoughby remains uncertain about a turkey for her family’s Thanksgiving dinner. She hoping the generosity of our neighbors helps fill the freezer at Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen with turkeys.

“It means the world to me, that’s a savings of anywhere from $20 to $25. I’m on a fixed income, so it means a lot,” Willoughby said.

Time is running out to donate a turkey for those your underprivileged neighbors. Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen is located at 170 Pendexter Avenue in Chicopee, which is off of Meadow Street. They are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.