The turkeys were frozen, and perhaps a few of the volunteers as well, when Feeding America Southwest Virginia distributed 200 Thanksgiving dinners Tuesday morning.
A cold rain was falling as cars lined up outside the food bank in Salem.
Kroger donated the turkeys and all of the trimmings. Feeding America's partner programs identified the families that received the Thanksgiving meals.
Pamela Irvine is the President of Feeding America Southwest Virginia. "That means they'll have food they wouldn't have otherwise," she told us. "That means they won't have the stress of worrying about how to get the resources and the finances to buy their Thanksgiving meal preparation. And everybody likes a turkey at Thanksgiving."
"We work closely with the food banks all over our area," said Kroger spokesman Carl York. "And we're glad to do that. They're great partners. It's times like these where you really see the need out there and we're just fortunate that we can provide."
Kroger also presented an $18,000 check to the food bank, money Kroger customers contributed during the year.