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Rock River Pantry holds annual turkey handout

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Volunteer efforts a little closer to home help those in need enjoy a nice Thanksgiving meal this year.

Rock River Valley Pantry holds its annual turkey handout. Cars line up for blocks to receive one of 550 turkeys.

But this season hasn't been an easy one. The pantry, while serving record numbers, isn't receiving as much food from the government.

Still, organizers say the gratitude is felt all around.

"People are relieved that they can go home and present this to their family and they know they're going to have a Thanksgiving and it's something that everybody in America should be able to have," said Executive Director, Kim Adams-Bakke.

Volunteers started arriving bright and early Saturday morning to hand out those meals. Recipients pre-registered in October for the turkey handout.

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