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Thousands Line Up in Stockton for Thanksgiving Food Baskets

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(Stockton, CA)
Monday, November 19, 2012

Lines formed for blocks outside Stockton's Emergency Food Bank when the doors opened Monday morning. Hundreds of volunteers handed out turkeys and all the trimmings for 2,000 families.

For Ashley Hensley it will mean Thanksgiving dinner for her family of five.

HENSLEY: "It helps quite a bit because I'm on welfare, so I get very little income, still going to school to get my GED so if it wasn't for this we wouldn't be able to make a Thanksgiving dinner."

Food Bank Director Rebecca Knodt says the public came through with 2,500 turkeys donated last week.

KNODT:  "We were freaking out a week ago because we didn't think we were going to have enough turkeys to distribute and as you can see we have almost 3,000 people line up here, well we have enough."

Knodt says most of those helped are the working poor.                                       

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