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When funding dried up, it looked like The Salvation Army wouldn’t be able to provide hot home-cooked Thanksgiving meals for needy people across Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County -- until Bottom Dollar Food stepped in.
The Salisbury, N.C.-based discount grocer, a division of Delhaize America, will distribute 300 turkeys from its Carnegie, Pa. (Scott Township), location to Salvation Army staff, for consumption at 11 Thanksgiving feasts. “When one door closes, another opens,” said Major William H. Bode, The Salvation Army’s Western Pennsylvania divisional commander. “We were blessed that the good people at Bottom Dollar Food were standing on the other side and eager to help.”
“At Bottom Dollar Food, we have a passion for helping our communities,” said Nick Siniscalchi, director of operations for the chain's stores in the greater Pittsburgh area, where the banner this year opened nine stores throughout Allegheny County, in addition to four locations in Beaver and Butler counties. Bottom Dollar operates a total of 54 stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ohio.
Eight of The Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving meals will open to the public, while three will be provided only to residents of the organization’s Family Caring Center, Harbor Light Center and Adult Rehabilitation Center. The meals will be served on dates ranging from Nov. 15 to Nov. 22.