The Race Track Chaplaincy of America, New York Division will again give away hundreds of turkeys this week at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course to needy families within the New York Thoroughbred industry.
As part of the initiative, now in its 13th year, the RTCANY identifies families in need or those struggling financially at the three New York Racing Association tracks and also at various area breeding farms.
In addition, turkey dinners will be served to backstretch workers at Aqueduct and Belmont this Tuesday, Nov. 26.
"The food donation that we provide is so important during the holidays for the workers who take care of the industry's horses all year long," says Humberto Chavez, RTCANY chaplain.
The program is funded largely through donations. This year's sponsors include the New York Racing Association, The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation, The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, and Island Harvest, along with many individual donors. Those interested in donating should call (516) 835-0275 or visit www.rtcany.org.
Donations will be distributed to recipients at Aqueduct on Monday, Nov. 25, between 10 a.m. and noon at Backstretch Gate 6. At Belmont Park, donations will be distributed on Tuesday, Nov. 26, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Belmont's Backstretch Gate 6. Turkeys at Saratoga Race Course will be delivered directly to families.