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Couple donating Thanksgiving meal to families on Indianapolis' east side

Posted at 10:44 PM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 23:44:59-05

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis couple is donating 25 meals to families in Center Township, on the near-east side of Indianapolis, who might otherwise not have one this Thanksgiving.

Charene and Jomo Cole are donating meals to people in an area where 80 percent of Indianapolis Public Schools students whose families qualify for free and reduced lunch. A household income of $15,000 or less qualifies for free meals. according to the Indiana Department of Education.

The Farm Bureau says it will cost an average of $48.91 for a Thanksgiving dinner, which can be an expensive meal for people making an average of $304 per week.

"We just try to do what we can because I know what my community needs, and I know what alot of other communities around the city needs too," Jomo said.

The food given away is either purchased by the Coles or donated by family and friends.

"If families came together that could do that, even if they could buy 25 turkeys," Charene Cole said. "If you can buy a couple turkeys just sacrifice god is going to bless you."

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