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Manna's restaurant gives away free turkeys

YACINE SIMPORÉ Special to the AmNews | 11/23/2011, 2:56 p.m.
Manna's restaurant gives away free turkeys

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Manna's restaurant gives away free turkeys

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Manna's restaurant gives away free turkeys

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Manna's restaurant gives away free turkeys

A week before Thanksgiving the Harlem soul food restaurant, Manna's, gave community members who couldn't afford Thanksgiving a chance to celebrate like everyone else. Manna's gave out 200 free turkeys on Friday on 125th street.

"I think this kind of generosity is rare nowadays. It's my first time coming here, and I've heard about it at the church. I think this is just great." Says Barbara Mosley, a Harlem resident who was lining up to get her turkey on Friday.

This idea comes straight from Betty Park, President of Manna's restaurants in NYC. By offering free food for Thanksgiving, Betty wanted to give the community back what they have done for her.

Originally from Korea, Park first set foot in Harlem in 1983. Having heard that Harlem was a difficult place to have a good business, she accepted the challenge and opened her first soul food restaurant, Manna's. For 23 years, Park has been involved in the community and now has three other restaurants in New York City. Every year she feeds many people using the profit she makes in the communities that support her restaurants.

"This is a wonderful give back, and we support her, " said Jackie Rowe Adams, anti-gun violence activist. "This woman is doing so much for us. Everybody in Harlem would agree to say that Betty Park is the real deal."