Annual Thanksgiving holiday turkey distribution comes to Rochester

Nov 20, 2018

Handing out meals to those in need at the Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church
Credit Alex Crichton

It's an annual rite of fall -- Governor Cuomo deploys members of his administration statewide to deliver Thanksgiving meals to families.

In Rochester, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul was at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church to hand out turkeys and side dishes to those in need.

``Some people don't think they have much, there's always someone who has less, and this is a time for us to be generous in spirit and to thinks of those less fortunate...who are really living among us in places like Rochester and Buffalo and many of our communities," she said.

Congressman Joe Morelle also helped dole out the food.

Lt. Governor talking with some of her constituents.

``You know this is the time of year when we should all be grateful for what we have, and to give to those who are less fortunate.  So that's what this is about and Foodlink and Wegmans and others who have participated really deserve a lot of the credit," he said.

Sponsors like Wegmans donated the food, Foodlink donated the time to organize the event, and the faith community helped identify families in need.

Officials say across New York, the state has partnered with various organizations to deliver 40-thousand meals this Thanksgiving.

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul and Congressman Joe Morelle had a message for those at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church:

Lt. Governor Hochul and Congressman Morelle handing out Thanksgiving meals: