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Volunteers filled the Como Community Center. 

Numbering 53 in all, they packed the center’s alcove, filling bags with Thanksgiving goodies and handing them out to their neighbors in need.

Tarrant Area Food Bank teamed up with nonprofit Como Lions Heart, for a Thanksgiving food drive for Como residents and neighbors on Nov. 18 at the Como Community Center.

Volunteers handed out frozen turkeys, stuffing mix, cornbread mix, and various canned vegetables to about 400 families, who wouldn’t have had a full table for Thanksgiving without the drive, Carol Brown, CEO of Como Lions Heart, said.

“We found that a lot of families, especially children, don’t get a full Thanksgiving meal,” Brown said.

The food drive lasted two hours. By the 9 a.m. start time, cars backed up on Horne Street for half a mile, stretching up the hill leading to the center.

It was a welcome sight for volunteers, who aimed to “bless as many as we can,” said volunteer Montreal Bradley. 

And, the food items were a welcome sight for families, as inflation has driven food prices high and left some Como families scrambling, Como resident and volunteer Bryant Davis said. 

By the end of the drive, hundreds of empty boxes piled up behind folding tables.

Friday’s food drive helped kick off Tarrant Area Food Bank’s “Happy Healthy Holiday Season,” and was part of the food bank’s “Week of Caring.” 

Hosted alongside nonprofits MW Cares Foundation and Gary Patterson and Leon Bridges’ The Big Good, the food bank organized multiple distribution drives last week, which will continue through December, according to a press release from Tarrant Area Food Bank.

The food bank will host a Holiday Mega Mobile Market from 9-11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. 

The recent Mega Mobile Market, hosted Nov. 17 during the “Week of Caring” at AT&T Stadium, distributed more than 1,800 frozen chickens and turkeys to families in need, said Davis, who volunteered as well. 

“It’s what all men and women should do,” Davis said. “Help their fellow brothers and sisters survive.”

Video linked above reports more in depth about Nov. 17’s food drive. 

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Matthew Sgroi is the 2022-23 Fort Worth Report multimedia fellow. He can be reached at or (503)-828-4063. Sgroi is a current senior at Texas Christian University, majoring...