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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Food banks around the Valley say Thanksgiving meals are in high demand this year for needy families.

St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance spokesman Jerry Brown said they're expecting large crowds Monday morning when they begin their Holiday food Distribution.

The doors open at 9 a.m. at 3131 W. Thomas Rd. and more than 1,500 families are expected to be there Monday alone.

St. Mary's is accepting turkeys and holiday food donations as well as cash donations at both 2831 N. 31st Ave. in Phoenix and 13050 W. Elm St. in Surprise from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

[Related: St. Mary's Food Bank 'Holiday Food' giveaway draws large lines]

Last Thursday, Desert Mission Food Bank handed out nearly 3,000 meals for those in need. Click here for more details on Desert Mission Food Bank and how you can help.

[Related: Desert Mission: Thanksgiving meals in high demand in Phoenix]

Westside Food Bank can use turkeys for the holidays. Check out their online turkey drive, or you can bring meals to the Food Bank during our regular hours. Click here for more details.

Drop off a turkey at the United Food Bank Monday through Wednesday, November 25-27 from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. at their 358 E Javelina Ave location in Mesa. There are also turkey drives sponsored by East Valley faith communities – see United's website for more details.

The Amado branch of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, located at 28720 S. Nogales Hwy in Amado, is accepting frozen turkeys through December 20.

In addition, you can help Safeway donate 20,000 turkeys to St. Mary's and United Food Banks. Each Tuesday throughout November, when you purchase and donate a turkey, Safeway will match your donation with an additional turkey.

The Scottsdale Unified School District's Service Learning students are asking the community for support for SUSD families in need of a Thanksgiving meal.

Meals can be dropped off at Arcadia High School at 4703 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix or at Saguaro High School at 6250 N. 82nd St. in Scottsdale.

A meal will consist of:

  • Frozen turkey (12-15 pounds)
  • Disposable turkey roasting pan
  • 2 large boxes of stuffing
  • 4 cans of cranberries
  • 2 large boxes of instant mashed potatoes
  • 4 cans of green beans
  • 4 cans of corn
  • 2 packets or 2 jars of gravy
  • 2 desserts (non-frozen and non-refrigerated)
  • Dinner rolls (non-refrigerated)

For additional information on SUSD's Thanksgiving drive, contact Service Learning coordinator Chris Erwin at 480-484-6300 ext. 5620 or by email at cerwin@susd.org.

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