Chicago Chef Gives Away 1,000 Turkeys to Those in Need for Thanksgiving: 'Food Is a Powerful Tool'

A chef in Chicago has been hailed for his generosity after giving away 1,000 Thanksgiving turkeys to the needy.

Hundreds braved the cold to line up in front of the Turkey Chop Gourmet Grill in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood on Wednesday from 8 a.m, four hours before the birds were handed out.

The restaurant's owner, Quentin Love, is known in the area for his social conscience, transforming his premises every Monday into a soup kitchen.

Love told ABC7 Chicago: "Food is a powerful tool. Food actually lowers violence. If I'm full, my belly is full and I feel good, I have less propensity to do something crazy."

Volunteers handed out turkeys as well as warm clothing, essential in such cold weather. Stacey Chauncey told the network: "It's just a blessing to be a blessing to people that really deserve it and need a little bit of assistance," while Marwan Khribech said: "I'm so humbled to be here and helping him do a good deed."

Elsewhere, in the warmer climate of Orlando, Florida, the Pendas Law Firm also gave away more than 3,000 turkeys to families in need. Staff from the firm personally handed out the birds at three locations throughout the state, including in Tampa and Fort Myers, according to a press release.

Owner of the firm Lou Pendas told Spectrum News 13: "It's very humbling situation because it gives you perspective, and I bring my family. I want them to understand what really goes on out there."

Rap artist T.I. took part in a high-profile turkey giveaway at the C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center in his native Atlanta.

He gave the birds out alongside Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms.

The rapper organized the annual event though his nonprofit organization Harris Community Works, which has been honored by the Georgia Senate for the help it gives to the disadvantaged.

He sparked controversy recently when he said monitored if his daughter Deyjah, 18, was a virgin with trips to the gynecologist.

Snoop Dogg was another rapper involved in in a poultry giveaway, handing out turkeys to crowds of people Inglewood, California.

He told ABC 7: "I'm thankful to be able to have a relationship with the mayor and be able to come out here and do great things in the community and to put my impact on people that really need me."

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A volunteer prepares a box of turkeys to be given out at the San Francisco Food Bank in this illustrative image. A chef in Chicago has been hailed for his generosity after he handed out 1,000 of the birds to the needy. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
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