Fresh fruits and vegetables, rolls, stuffing, cranberry sauce, turkey, potatoes and sweet potatoes -- all the things that make mouths water on Thanksgiving day.

And 400 families in York who could not afford a Thanksgiving feast like that will get to have one worry-free on Thursday, thanks to volunteers at the Catholic Harvest Food Pantry.

On Saturday and Sunday about 127 volunteers worked together at the pantry to organize food donations into bags and deliver them to families throughout the county.

"About 40 percent of our clients have no transportation," said Kris Pollick, director of the Catholic Harvest Food Pantry.

"But quite a few of the families just need extra help around the holidays," she added.

She looks forward to seeing the community come together on the project every year, and the families who receive the bags of groceries are thrilled, she said.

Volunteers made 250 deliveries Saturday and 150 Sunday, Pollick said.

Student volunteers: Making sure the right groceries ended up in the right cars and got to the right place was a little confusing at first, said Sharolyn Geathers, 20, who was with seven of her peers from York College's InterVarsity Christian Fellowship loading the bags on Sunday.

Amy Komarek, 19, said, "It was a lot of fun working together and getting the system running."

Komarek is also organizing a Thanksgiving food drive on the York College campus.

Catholic Harvest Food Pantry, 628 E. Market St., is a volunteer-driven organization that has served Thanksgiving meals in York County for 20 years.

It operates one of the largest food pantries in York County, distributing food five nights a week to families -- of any faith or none -- who are working but cannot make ends meet.

For more information on helping or receiving help from the pantry, call 836-8571 or email

-- Reach Chelsea Shank at 505-5432 or