Jefferson volunteers Meredith Vulgamott, Serenity Sites and Emma Mueller, along with Heather Marquiss help pack baskets to be handed out with the turkey dinners Saturday morning. (DHI Media/NancySpencer)
Jefferson volunteers Meredith Vulgamott, Serenity Sites and Emma Mueller, along with Heather Marquiss help pack baskets to be handed out with the turkey dinners Saturday morning. (DHI Media/NancySpencer)
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DELPHOS — Ninety-two local families are assured of a holiday meal this year.

Turkeys for Delphos was able to provide a complete holiday meal thanks to many donations.

“We would like to extend a special thank you to all the local businesses, private donors and both schools for all the help and support that made the sixth year of Turkeys for Delphos a success,” Turkeys for Delphos founder Mike Wulfhorst said, “We were able to provide turkeys, mashed potatoes, corn, stuffing, noodles, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie to 92 struggling families this year.”

This year’s meals also included macaroni and cheese, whipped topping, sweet potatoes, plates and napkins.

Wulfhorst saw the gap in food security for many local families while serving on the Delphos City School Board. Seeing the number of students on free and reduced lunches, Wulfhorst came up with Turkeys for Delphos.

“Families in our community struggle all year long. It’s our hope that this helped lighten their load somewhat. The families showed so much appreciation for the meal that our donors provided,” Wolfhurst said. “I hope we can all come together to help these families more as no one should have to go without a holiday with family because of food.

“Unfortunately, the need for this program has not been reduced like we all hoped. We hope to continue this meal for many more years.”

This year’s donors included Ruler Foods, Chief Supermarket, Meijers, Krendle Machines, VFW, Eagles, BFE, Square Guys Deli, Delphos Granite Works, Toledo Molding and Die, At home Realty, the Delphos Optimist Club, the Delphian Social Club, the Delphos Rotary Club and many individuals.

Volunteers from each local high school also assisted with the food distribution.

In addition to Wulfhorst, Turkeys for Delphos includes Laura Hayford, Robb Boggs, Chrissy Zeigler, Don Hammond and Jenn and Trent Gause.