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This year, St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters had major back-up from New York's very own Gristedes Supermarkets for our Thanksgiving turkey drive. Margo and John Catsimatidis, owners of Gristedes Supermarkets, were delighted to team up with St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters and kick off the holiday season in a charitable way.

Turkey pin-ups could be found in 32 store locations and added a sense of charm and perspective to routine grocery shopping. Every cashier made sure to ask each customer if they wanted to donate a turkey to benefit the drive.

Customers truly appreciated having access to an effortless way to lend a helping hand to those less fortunate.

Spearheaded by Stefanie Wynne, Director of Retail Systems at Gristedes, the pin-ups were an overwhelming success and help us to raise over $20,000 to purchase turkeys!


The colorful turkey pin-ups could be seen from every angle of the supermarket! Flyers were placed throughout the stores to remind people that any amount could make a difference this Thanksgiving.


Many Gristedes customers happily opted to "put a turkey on the table" this year! Boxes of turkeys were unloaded to be distributed within our network.


Here are just some of the turkeys that we were able to raise with Gristedes' help! Turkeys are carved, at one of our community centers, ahead of a Thanksgiving feast!


Our delivery team was all smiles as they made turkey deliveries around NYC this Thanksgiving. Gristedes owners John and Margo Catsimatidis are joined at a local Gristedes by Cameron Hughes-Katie Couric Show and Joe Sano-Exec Director of St. Francis Food Pantries.

The turkey sign reminders were a "welcome" sight at neighborhood Gristedes Supermarkets across NYC this season.
Thank You Gristedes!
Just one of several turkey giveaways that we were able to hold thanks to our friends at Gristedes and its generous customers.
Busy, busy! Several turkey deliveries were happening simultaneously this Thanksgiving.
"I am so grateful for this turkey! Thank you."