Hundreds of volunteers make, deliver food to those with life-threatening illnesses

Volunteers making food  in the kitchen at Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance.
Photo credit John McDevitt/KYW Newsradio
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For hundreds in the Greater Philadelphia area, delivering gourmet Thanksgiving meals to people with life-threatening illnesses is a Thanksgiving tradition. 

Five hundred volunteers spent hours preparing Thanksgiving meals in the kitchen at Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance, where 4,000 meals were made — up from 3,200 last year.   

"We just got off of our biggest fundraiser of the year, Pie in the Sky," said MANNA CEO Sue Daugherty, "which we sold over 10,000 pies. It raises over $400,000. That certainly goes to help fund Thanksgiving Day. We moved into our new incredible space two years ago, we have increased capacity so we are able to serve more clients. It's our largest Thanksgiving and every day we are able to serve more clients than ever."

An additional 200 volunteers waited outside to deliver the meals to those in need.

Joe O'Gara of Ardmore has been delivering meals with his family for five years. 

"Some people can't afford a big Thanksgiving meal and it's better to share than to keep it all to yourself," the 11-year-old said. 

"It's a great way for all of us to spend time together, and it's a really good way to kind of teach the younger kids in the family that it's important to value service," said Georgia Smikley, who was delivering food with her family. 

Each volunteer driver was given four or five addresses of MANNA clients.