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Residents and local business team to provide Thanksgiving dinner

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 27th, 2013

ATASCADERO — Thanks to the efforts of local couple Guy and Betty Snell and a generous donation from Grocery Outlet owners Pete and Teresa Novak, eight low-income families will be looking forward to a brighter Thanksgiving holiday this year.

Grocery Outlet donated eight turkeys, along with all of the trimmings — stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, biscuits, celery and pumpkin pie — and the Snells assembled the meals into boxes and delivered them to families at a transitional housing facility on Rosario Ave. The facility, run by Transitional Food and Shelter, Inc. and formerly known as Scott’s Motel, is home to a population of “medically fragile indigents,” says program director Mike Machado — people who have debilitating medical problems and little or no money.

“I just want to say thanks so much,” said one tenant at the facility who preferred to remain anonymous. “As of this morning I wasn’t sure I was going to have a Thanksgiving. We only get so much in food stamps so this is great, especially at the end o the month. I feel so much better.”

Retiree Guy Snell spends most days picking up surplus or donated items from local grocery stores and delivering it to needy people all over the area, but this was different he said.

“I went in to Grocery Outlet and I told Pete I’m going to make sure that these people have a Thanksgiving, and he said ‘go ahead!’,” Snell said.

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