Area residents arrive to collect turkeys and holiday food boxes Thursday during the Holiday Food Sharing Program in downtown Benton Harbor. Don Campbell / HP staff

Hundreds flood downtown Benton Harbor during food sharing program

Hundreds of vehicles sat Thursday along the streets of downtown Benton Harbor, all angled toward a bustling warehouse that was packed with food.

It marked the third year that the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency held its Holiday Food Sharing Program in Benton Harbor. The program collects and distributes more than 400 turkeys and food boxes to residents and families in need of help from the Twin Cities and surrounding Berrien County communities.

Yvonne Vidt, SMCAA community services manager, said the agency handed out food to 414 residents – many of whom arrived two hours before food was distributed. Among the items passed out were turkeys, boxed products, apples, potatoes and stuffing.

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