BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Cars lined up Sunday morning for Mayor Michael Venezia's 5th annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway. The event took place in the municipal parking lot behind the police station.

Over 800 turkeys were given away to preregistered Bloomfield families.  In addition to the turkeys, residents were also given stuffing, cranberry sauce, yams, cookies, bread, rolls and pies. The pies were donated by Columbus Hospital.  Brookdale Shoprite provided a $25 gift card to each family as well. 

"This is a great annual tradition here in Bloomfield. This year over 800 families are able to have a great thanksgiving. I want to recognize the team in town hall who organized and all the volunteers who helped out," said Mayor Michael Venezia.

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"Nothing gets you into the giving spirit of the Holidays like passing out Thanksgiving Turkeys. I’m thankful for all our departments and volunteers who help coordinate this annual event," said Councilman Ted Gamble.

The Township also distributed masks and socks to the residents who came for their turkey.  The event required masks to be worn by all attendees and volunteers and social distancing was utilized to make the distribution as safe as possible.

"Issues of food insecurity can arise for anyone at any time, but the pandemic has amplified these needs and we are committed to address them. I am glad our township continues to be able to provide assistance, especially for this Thanksgiving holiday. Thanks to all of those who took part to make it happen," said Councilwoman Jenny Mundell.

More residents are expected to stay home this year compared to years past due to indoor gathering restrictions recently imposed by Governor Murphy. The giveaway is a big help to families who had relied upon visiting family and friends for a Thanksgiving meal.

"This is one of Bloomfield’s best days. It’s wonderful that we can come together to help those in need. Even during this pandemic the Mayor and Township, all Departments are happy to gather and serve the community," said Councilwoman Sarah Cruz.