Wednesday, February 10, 2016

400 Thanksgiving dinners for needy and checks for vets

The Gene and Marlene Epstein Humanitarian Fund has been providing the holiday meals for 26 years. Food4Troops also will issue checks to veterans and those on active duty.

400 Thanksgiving dinners for needy and checks for vets

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The Gene and Marlene Epstein Humanitarian Fund has been providing Thanksgiving dinners for 26 years. (Gene Epstein)

People in need can get a hot breakfast and pick up a turkey and all the fixings for Thanksgiving dinner Monday in Bristol Borough.

And 50 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and those in active service and their spouses can also get a check for $50 to $200, based on need.

The 400 Thanksgiving dinners will be provided through the Gene and Marlene Epstein Humanitarian Fund, which has been donating the holiday meals for 26 years. Proof of unemployment, welfare, disability benefits or military service is needed to get a turkey, stuffing, side dishes and a pie at Calvary Baptist Church.

The checks will be issued, first come/first served, through Food4Troops, a nonprofit formed by Gene Epstein. Proof of active service or recent discharge is needed.

The meals and the checks will be made available starting at 9 a.m. at the church at 250 Green Lane, by volunteers from the church; Food4Troops; and Advocates for the Homeless & Those in Need, an interfaith ministry in Lower Bucks County.    



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Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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