State in­mates cook 275 tur­keys for an­nual feast

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

In­mates will process and cook 275 tur­keys for an an­nual Thanksgiving feast started by an ad­vo­cate for the home­less.

The free feast was started in Bal­ti­more 36 years ago by the late Bea Gaddy, who used her lot­tery win­nings of $250 in 1981 to feed 49 neigh­bors.

The tra­di­tion has con­tin­ued through fam­ily and friends who now feed about 50,000 peo­ple in the city every year with help from in­mates.

On Tues­day, in­mates at the Mary­land Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tion in Hager­stown pre­pared and cooked the tur­keys. They are part of the Mary­land Cor­rec­tional En­ter­prises meat pro­cess­ing train­ing plant at the cor­rec­tional in­sti­tu­tion.

The De­part­ment of Pub­lic Safety and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices has par­tic­i­pated in the tra­di­tion for nearly 30 years.

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