The idea for “Thankful Thursdays” came in 2018 from a desire to give more during the 30th year of Canned Food Fridays, the Choo Choo Barn’s annual food drive. Over the past 30 years, the Choo Choo Barn has donated over 72,000 items to local food banks and collected nearly $23,000 which has been distributed within the local community. Hosting the event during the busy Christmas season was becoming increasingly difficult, so owners Tom and Linda Groff decided to give the event a rebirth by moving it to six Thursdays throughout the year. Opening up the event throughout the year creates an opportunity for more people to visit and more food to be collected during times when the food bank may be lacking in supply.
Thankful Thursdays will be held six times in 2019 on the first Thursday of the month: April 4, May 2, June 6, September 5, October 3, and November 7. The event will be held during regular business hours, 10am-4:30pm. Admission to the Choo Choo Barn layout is FREE with a donation of at least one non-perishable food item per person, regardless of age. Please note that the following items are the most highly demanded, per the food bank: peanut butter, canned meats (tuna and chicken), healthy cereal, pasta, fruit and rice. No expired food is accepted, per food bank policies. Please give generously – admission is at least one item per person!
**Please note that Thankful Thursdays replaces Canned Food Fridays.