BROCKTON - Hundreds of area residents waited in line for food outside Catholic Charities South on Court Street on Tuesday.
The agency distributed 700 turkey and chicken dinners to needy residents from across the region, said Stacy Wyrosdic, program coordinator at Catholic Charities South, 169 Court St.
“The demand was huge this year,” said Wyrosdic, who served families and individuals waiting in line from 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m.
“We coordinated a large crowd outdoors, checking people in and providing them with food,” Wyrosdic said. “We were fortunate enough to have an abundance of volunteers to help.”
More than 50 volunteers helped distribute the food to needy residents from communities including Brockton, Randolph, Stoughton, Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, Abington and East Bridgewater, he said.
Families with children received a turkey “with all the fixings” including fresh vegetables and pies, while individuals and couples received chicken dinners, he said.
The annual turkey program is one of many ways Catholic Charities South assists area needy. The Brockton agency assists about 25,000 people throughout the region through its food pantry, classes, and rent and utilities assistance.
“We can help with rent or utilities when funding is available,” said Beth Chambers, director of Catholic Charities South.
Chambers said Catholic Charities is among human service agencies that have seen a cutback in federal funding for its programs in recent years.
Its food pantry at Court Street is open Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and Monday 5-7 p.m.