Turkey Train Helps Feed Thousands In St. Louis Area

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LADUE, MO (KPLR) - As many of us prepare for our upcoming Thanksgiving feast, some local students are making sure others have something to eat.  It's not an occasion on everyone's calendar but it's definitely an event. The MICDS food drive turkey train helps thousands of needy families.

The turkey train started back in 2004 and has become one of the largest food drives in St. Louis. They call it "The Turkey Train" because upper school students from Mary Institute and Country Day School form a line stretching from one end of the campus to the other, passing dozens of frozen turkeys into trucks headed to the St. Louis Area Food Bank.

Students from the middle and lower grades will participate too with the presentation of canned goods for the food bank volunteers.  In all, about 600 students are involved. Last year alone, the turkey train collected 7900 pounds of frozen turkey and 3100 pounds of non-perishable food items.   That feed about 8800 families.