2012-11-21 / Features

Peralta Distributes 478 Turkeys


State Senator Jose Peralta’s turkey giveaway with (L. to r.); Fresh Direct’s Jorge D. Fanjul and Brian Mazzella; Make the Road’s Danielo Perez; Peralta; state Senator Dan Squadron; East Elmhurst, Elmhurst, Corona Civic Association (EECCA)’s Ann Brown; (back) P.S. 280’s Brian Roquez; (front) HealthPlus’ Carina Vizhnay; North Queens Homeowners Civic Association’s Donna Raymond; parent Stella Stenos with daughter Stamatia Panas, from the Garden School. State Senator Jose Peralta’s turkey giveaway with (L. to r.); Fresh Direct’s Jorge D. Fanjul and Brian Mazzella; Make the Road’s Danielo Perez; Peralta; state Senator Dan Squadron; East Elmhurst, Elmhurst, Corona Civic Association (EECCA)’s Ann Brown; (back) P.S. 280’s Brian Roquez; (front) HealthPlus’ Carina Vizhnay; North Queens Homeowners Civic Association’s Donna Raymond; parent Stella Stenos with daughter Stamatia Panas, from the Garden School. State Senator Jose Peralta is providing free turkeys to local churches, senior centers and nonprofit agencies, including First Baptist Church, Make the Road New York, Woodside on the Move and the Corona Senior Center.

By Thanksgiving, Peralta will have distributed 478 turkeys, including 24 that will go to the Rockaways in coordination with the office of state Senator Malcolm Smith.

Hundreds of 10-to-12-pound frozen turkeys were picked up the morning of November 17 by designated nonprofits from a Fresh Direct truck parked in front of Peralta’s office. The rest of the turkeys will be picked up at Trade Fair in East Elmhurst and Food Bazaar in Corona using vouchers provided by Peralta’s office.

Fresh Direct donated 250 of the turkeys, while Health Plus and Trade Fair donated 104 each and Food Bazaar contributed 20.

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