For the 19th consecutive year the Kiwanis Club of East Greenup County, its Key Clubs at Raceland-Worthington, Greenup and Russell high schools and its Builders Clubs at Russell and Wurtland Middle Schools completed distribution of Thanksgiving food baskets Saturday morning to Greenup County families.
Kiwanis President Jennifer Lynd said 55 food baskets and turkeys were picked up by families at three distribution points: Raceland-Worthington High School, McDowell Intermediate School in Russell and McKell Middle School in South Shore.
The families who received the Kiwanis baskets were identified by the family resource centers at the Greenup, Raceland-Worthington and Russell school systems. Personnel from those centers assisted with the distribution.
The baskets were designed to contain the basics for a complete Thanksgiving meal. Besides the turkey and roasting pan, cans of corn, green beans and sweet potatoes were included as was stuffing mix, potatoes and gravy plus cranberry sauce and flour, shortening and pumpkin and apple pie filling.
A special Kiwanis Thanksgiving recipe guide was added that included simple recipes to make use of the items in the basket, and later with the leftovers.
As an added bonus this year, the Greenup County Cooperative Extension Service provided some additional items to include with the baskets, including a nutritional calendar and a paring knife.
Food for the baskets was donated by Kiwanis members, and the Key Clubs and Builders Clubs. The Kiwanis Club purchased the turkeys with proceeds from its recent pancake breakfast.
The idea for the project originated with the Raceland-Worthington Key Club and the first year saw the delivery of only 10-12 baskets. Each year after that the number grew until stabilizing in the 50-55 range.
The club estimated the value of this year’s deliveries at $2,500, bringing the 19 year total to an estimated $32,500. Over that time, more than 930 families have been helped, club records show.