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Les Schwab employees pictured beginning from left: Casey Duquette, Carlyn Blake, Tori Matthies, Wayne Castle, Karen Vauk, Dave Black, Ralph May.

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TWIN FALLS — For the 15th year, Les Schwab Tire Centers are teaming up with the Idaho Food Bank to conduct a turkey drive — from now to Dec 31 — for Idahoans who are in need of food this holiday season. Last year, the drive provided nearly 600 turkeys that were distributed to families statewide. Organizers hope this year’s drive will encourage even more people to help their neighbors by donating turkeys at their local Les Schwab Tire Center.

“Working with the food bank to provide food and holiday spirit to Idahoans in need is something we look forward to every year,” Dave Black, Les Schwab manager, said in a statement. “For 12 years now, we’ve come running at the opportunity to give back to our community. Luckily, our customers have joined us in that effort.”

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Turkeys are a part of the Idaho Food Bank’s effort to distribute food for nearly 3 million meals in just November and December. “Each year, Les Schwab’s dedicated employees help us spread the word and provide food in communities all over Idaho,” Karen Vauk, president and CEO of the Idaho Food Bank, said in a statement. “This is an important part of our Hope for the Holidays campaign. The need hasn’t gone away in Idaho; these last two months are pivotal in making sure nobody is left out-in-the-cold without food.”

The Idaho Food Bank is an independent, donor-supported, nonprofit organization founded in 1984, — the largest distributor of free food assistance in Idaho. From warehouses in Boise, Lewiston and Pocatello, the food bank has distributed more than 170 million pounds of food in its 33-year history — providing more than 15.5 million meals to Idaho families in the last fiscal year alone. The Idaho Food Bank distributes food through a network of more than 400 community-based partners including schools, pantries, senior centers, feeding sites and shelters. The food bank also operates direct-service programs that promote healthy families and communities through good nutrition. More information: idahofoodbank.org/.

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