Stew Leonard’s distributes turkeys to Long Island families in need

EAST MEADOW — Stew Leonard’s held its second annual Turkey Brigade, an initiative that ensures food insecure people have a Thanksgiving turkey to bring to their families.

“There are families out there that don’t even have anything,” says Stew Leonard Jr., the CEO of the grocery store franchise.

Leonard Jr. was at the East Meadow Stew Leonard’s and says that many Long Islanders in need reached out to the store for help getting a turkey for the holiday.

“It makes us feel good that we are giving 2,500 turkeys, but we could have given 25,000 turkeys. We had to turn away a lot of people and that makes me feel bad. I would just encourage anybody watching, if you want to do something nice, take a turkey and bring it to your local church,” says Leonard.

The turkeys were distributed to charities that pulled up one after another to get their trucks filled.
This was the second time the event was held annually in the East Meadow location but Stew Leonards has been hosting the event for over 25 years.

“It snowballs, it gets bigger and bigger every year and its making me smile even more every year,” says Leonard.

Volunteers also presented checks to Stew Leonard that will add to the amount of turkeys being given out.

Each charity picking up the donations say it will go a long way.