PORTLAND, Ore. – Local police supported nonprofits and spent Tuesday assembling Thanksgiving food baskets to help families in need this coming holiday.

At the Sunshine Division Food Pantry and Warehouse in North Portland, more than 500 50-pound boxes were going out, to people who signed up in advance through various social services groups. Once again local grocer Zupan’s sponsored the Thanksgiving food giveaway. And people who lined up to receive their gift of a meal for 6-8 people were very thankful, including a woman who said she got the last ticket for a food box this year.

“I was really blessed because it was kind of a hard year, both my husband and I are both disabled and so yeah, it was really a blessing for me to have the last ticket,” said the woman.

In Vancouver, the Police Activities League had help from Rotary Club members, Walmart and others, to put together more than 50 food baskets, designed to feed families a full Thanksgiving meal, and extra items to enjoy over the long weekend. PAL worked out of food pantries at Martin Luther King, Jr. and Fruit Valley elementary schools to reach families most in need. Some families at Harney Elementary also received food baskets, thanks to generous donations from all involved.

“Food is one of those things that sometimes families are choosing on, ‘do I pay the bills or do I feed my family,’ so now we get to basically take an option away and say you know what, don’t worry about the food part, we got you covered on that,” said Executive Director Jenny Thompson.