Each year, we get a lot of questions about what Family to Family is, how it helps those in need, and how people can volunteer. In order for everyone to know a little more about the Family to Family program, we decided to answer some of the more frequently asked questions we get year round.
Q: What is Family to Family?
A: The Family to Family Thanksgiving Dinner Program is a program that was created by the Burne family (learn the history of Family to Family here). Thanks to Friends of the Poor, donations from the community as well as support from local businesses, we provide baskets of food to the less fortunate so everyone can have a Thanksgiving dinner. To date, in the last 30 years we have donated more than 100,000 families in the Scranton area. Each year, approximately 3,000 baskets are distributed, which will feed more than 15,000 families.
Q: When do you hand out the baskets?
A: Each year on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, we hand out baskets at the Scranton Cultural Center, located in downtown Scranton. We’re at the center from 9 am until 5 pm.
Q: What do I need to prove that I’m in need of a basket?
A: You don’t need anything! Just come down and we’ll help you out.
Q: Can I get my basket in advance or can you hold my basket until I get there?
A: Unfortunately, the baskets are on a first-come, first-serve basis. With so many people in need, it’s difficult to put aside any baskets.
Q: Does your organization do anything else during the year?
A: No. Our program only occurs at Thanksgiving.
Q: I’m interested in volunteering. How do I sign up?
A: There’s no sign-ups here! Just show up at the Scranton Cultural Center between 8:30 am and 4 pm and we’ll put you to work.
Q: I would like to donate. How can I do that?
A: Thank you so much! You can donate online or send payment to:
Family to Family Food Basket Program
PO Box 13
Scranton, PA 18501