Blaine area residents with financial constraints will soon be able to secure a ham and traditional sides for their Thanksgiving meal. Community Assistance Program (CAP) is set to open registration for its Thanksgiving meal basket program from Friday, October 14 to Friday, November 11.
The Blaine nonprofit offers its annual meal program to Blaine, Birch Bay, Custer and Point Roberts households. Boxes will be sized for the number of people in a family. Vouchers may be available for individuals if they qualify, as well as for families without access to cooking facilities. People can call CAP at 360/383-8027 for more information.
Thanksgiving baskets will come with a ready-to-cook dinner of ham, potatoes, yams, stuffing mix, onions and celery, chicken broth, gravy mix, cranberry sauce, canned green beans, milk and rolls and butter. Turkey will not be included this year because the avian flu outbreak impacted the nonprofit’s ability to purchase enough turkeys, according to a CAP press release. Pies also won’t be included.
People can register for a basket online at blainecap.org, or if they’re unable to access the website, by calling CAP at 360/383-8027. A postcard with distribution details will be mailed to everyone who registers for a basket. Volunteers will distribute baskets noon to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22 at 1750 Grant Avenue, behind the Cost Cutter grocery store.
CAP provided Thanksgiving baskets to 241 families in 2021, but organizers expect the basket demand and food costs to be greater this holiday season. The nonprofit is looking for community contributions as it relies solely on donations and doesn’t receive government assistance.
People may make donations online at blainecap.org or by writing a check to CAP with “Thanksgiving baskets” in the memo line. Checks should be mailed to 508 G Street, Blaine WA, 98230. Donations to CAP, a 501(c)(3) organization, are tax-deductible.
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