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1,000 free turkeys, Thanksgiving meals given to metro Atlanta families

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Several Metro Atlanta community partners came together to help deserving families get ready for Thanksgiving.

Witherite Law Group, 1-800-TruckWreck and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church gave out 1,000 free turkeys and food boxes Wednesday morning.

The event began at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church’s Stonecrest campus at 6 a.m. Wednesday. The 20-pound Thanksgiving meal boxes included turkeys, fresh fruits, vegetables, shelf-stable food items and other essential items for families financially impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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“The COVID-19 pandemic was marked not only a global health crisis but also a financial one that has increased food insecurities across the nation and around the world,” said New Birth Senior Pastor Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant. “We are thrilled to partner with Witherite Law Group and V-103 to give 1,000 families something to truly be thankful for this holiday season.”

The Thanksgiving meal giveaway was open to the public. Registration was not required. Thanksgiving turkeys and meal boxes were given on a first-come, first-served basis.

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“We want to provide hope and opportunities for a better future in the communities we serve,” said Amy Witherite, founder of Witherite Law Group and 1-800-TruckWreck. “People are facing real challenges and hardships. It’s important for us to do our part to help people and make their lives a little bit better.”

For many families, Thanksgiving could cost a little more this year as frozen whole turkey prices are 20% higher than last year.

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On average, shoppers can expect to pay $1.35 per pound, the USDA said.