Barry’s Annual Turkey Giveaway has New Strings Attached


Ward 8 Council Member Marion Barry has hosted an annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway.  This year his annual event comes with a new twist.  Barry is now requiring residents who want to participate this year to pre-register for the giveaway.

Parents of school-aged children will have to show that they have attended parent-teacher conferences and Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings from October to November 2011.  Parents must also sign a PASSport to Success contract, show that they are registered Ward 8 residents and show the number of children they have.

Adults without school aged children must show that they are a registered voter in the District, attend 3 community meetings that have been approved on Barry’s approved list of community meetings and provide proof of Ward 8 residency.

Barry has said that the pre-registration should help avoid confusion, like last year, when Giant failed to deliver the turkey’s due to the delayed payment for the turkey’s by Barry’s office.

Pre-registration and the giveaway will take place at Campbell AME Church located at 2562 MLK Ave SE Washington, DC 20020.

The turkey giveaway is November 22nd.

For more information you may contact Brenda Richardson at (202) 698-1668 or email



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