Long lines forming, St. Mary's Food Bank still needs donations before Thanksgiving

Posted at 3:19 PM, Nov 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-22 11:29:18-05

Thousands of people will get a hot meal this Thanksgiving thanks to St. Mary's Food Bank. However, the charity is still in need of donations.

Hundreds of people lined the streets early Monday, hoping to pick up food for their Thanksgiving. 

According to St. Mary's, they distributed more than 4,000 turkeys, holiday food bags and other food boxes. 

More than 2,000 cars dropped off donations in five hours. Additionally, more 1,200 donated food items to the food bank through the walk-up area, a St. Mary's spokesperson said.

More than 300 people assisted in the distribution on Monday.

On Saturday, St. Mary's collected 2,200 donated turkeys from the Phoenix community during its 10th Annual Super Saturday Turkey Drive.

However, they're still about 1,000 turkeys short of the goal. 

People who would like to get involved can drop items off at the Phoenix and Surprise St. Mary's locations. They'll be accepting turkeys, food and cash on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Gov. Doug Ducey and members of his staff will packed and handed out the traditional Thanksgiving meals on Monday.

The governor is used the event to tout expanded tax credits that he signed into law earlier this year designed to boost donations to food banks and other nonprofit organizations helping low-income Arizonans.

The law increases dollar-for-dollar tax credits from $200 to $400 a year for individuals and from $400 to $800 a year for couples contributing to the charities. The law also increases credits for donations to foster care charities. Another law Ducey signed extends the contribution deadline to April 15.