Bay Area food banks facing turkey shortage

(KGO)
November 13, 2012 10:36:32 AM PST
Thanksgiving is just a week and half away and food banks are struggling to meet the need. Many of them are facing a severe turkey shortage and they're pleading for help. The problem is the large food banks don't have enough turkeys, which means they can't supply the charitable groups who cook the meals.

It's just nine days before Thanksgiving and the League of Volunteer's pantry is practically bare. For the 24th year, the organization is planning one of the largest Thanksgiving Day dinners in the East Bay, where they'll feed 5,000 people in need.

Other shelters, pantries, and charitable organizations are reporting shortages too. That's mostly because the food banks that supply them are coming up short. Second Harvest says they need 6,000 more turkeys.

It may just be one meal, but the League of Volunteers say Thanksgiving is an important community-building day for people who have an appetite for being treated with dignity.

Turkeys can be dropped off at the food bank's Curtner Center in San Jose and Bing Center in San Carlos. Second Harvest has extended its hours to make donating easier. Click here for donation hours and locations.


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