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Nov 15, 2012 10:44 AM by Samantha Ptashkin

Tucson grandfather turns to Interfaith Community Services for holiday meal

TUCSON- The holiday season may be the "most wonderful time of the year," but at the Interfaith Community Services Food Bank, it's also the busiest time of the year.

ICS expects to give away about 3,000 meal bags through Christmas.

To keep up with demand, every day dozens of volunteers wake up at the crack of dawn to start packing the bags.

They're filled with all the Thanksgiving fixings, like instant potatoes and stuffing. "It's just such a delight to share with others who don't have quite so much and it's always nice to have a really good holiday dinner," ICS Volunteer Ruth Meyer says.

Winston Chandler stopped by the food bank with his granddaughter Nadia to pick up their bag. "I needed to make it reach," Chandler says. "They don't pay a lot of money on worker's compensation."

He says anything they can give is greatly appreciated.

So far the ICS has collected 70,000 pounds of food through the community. But there is still a great need, especially hams, turkeys and chickens. "We just want to give everyone a nice holiday meal," says Deborah Carr of ICS.

If you'd like to donate some food, the ICS Main Office is located at 2820 West Ina Road.

They are also excepting monetary donations. If you choose to go that route, Carr says you can get a tax credit.

For more information, call (520) 297-6049.

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