'Hunger doesn't wait': Organizations host food, winter supply drives to give back on Thanksgiving

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Despite living in a pandemic, the season of giving is stronger than it's ever been.

It’s a celebration of thanks at 35th & Center in Milwaukee.

Those who need food are getting it, as well as a sense of community.

Lakari Hawkins’ family is from Arkansas.

“We’re so far from home. We ain’t got no family up here so we came up here they could enjoy their Thanksgiving," Hawkins explained.

Milwaukee County Supervisor Sequanna Taylor and Dream Team United MKE hosted the outdoor feast and winter supply drive.

“Hunger doesn’t wait. We know there’s food insecurities and so we just wanted to ensure that people are still getting loved on today," Taylor said.

Nearby volunteers for the MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary helped a growing line of people get what they needed.

“God sent us here to do this, so this is what we’re gonna do," said Jason Malone, a volunteer.

The mission to help is also what sparked Emma Toth to start her pantry, Food is Free MKE.

On Thanksgiving, and on any other day, people can visit her pantry.

“It inspires other people to do the same, and that’s where the power comes, in the collective coming together and realizing we can all make a difference," said Toth. 

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