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Annual "Love for Thanksgiving" event cancelled this year according to organizer

First time in 10 years event is cancelled
Posted: 2:41 PM, Nov 15, 2017
Updated: 2017-11-16 01:13:40Z
Annual "Love for Thanksgiving" event cancelled this year according to organizer

UPDATE (Nov. 15, 4:48 p.m.): Love for Thanksgiving released a statement on their website on this year's cancelled event.

"For the first time in 10 years, Love for Thanksgiving will not be served. To the thousands of volunteers and recipient families, thank you! Thank you for serving with us and allowing us the humbling opportunity to serve you and your families."

The cancellation announcement comes eight days before Thanksgiving. Last year, more than 6,000 meals were provided to families in need.


The annual "Love For Thanksgiving" will not happen this year, according to organizer Brandon Smith.

It is still unclear as to why the annual event has been cancelled this year, although Smith said a statement was expected to be provided on the organization’s website Wednesday.

Love For Thanksgiving has been a Bakersfield event for the last nine years.  Local churches, community volunteers, and others have joined together to put on the event, which provided Thanksgiving meals for those in need. 

RELATED: Love for Thanksgiving feeds thousands in Bakersfield 

In the past, the event was held at the Costco parking lot on Rosedale Highway and provided meals to more than 6,000 families in Kern County on Thanksgiving Day.

The necessary items for the meals where placed into carts and then delivered by volunteers to the homes of people who had signed up for the them. This became a way to allow families in need to enjoy Thanksgiving from the comfort of their own home. 

Last year, there were more than 100,000 meals provided to those families who needed the help.