Turkey Shortage at Local Food Banks - Can You Help?

Second Harvest Food Bank is only half-way toward its goal of collecting 12,000 turkeys before Thanksgiving.


Food banks around the Bay Area are asking for more donations as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches.

Second Harvest Food Bank of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties said that with Thanksgiving less than a week away, it is still only half-way towards its goal of collecting 12,000 donated turkeys to distribute to needy families.

"Turkey is an important tradition for many local families," said spokeswoman Caitlin Kerk.

But collecting turkeys is only one of the food bank's holiday goals.           

"Since Thanksgiving is next week, turkeys are our immediate need...but our monetary goal is $12.4 million and 2 million pounds of non-perishable foods that will feed many needy families throughout the coming year."

According to Kerk, turkey donations to Second Harvest are slightly behind what they were at the same time last year. Kerk said she suspected the lag had been caused by national attention on the November elections.

Turkey donations can be dropped off at Second Harvest's San Carlos center at 1051 Bing St. or at its San Jose center at 750 Curtner Ave.

Cash donations can be made online at www.SHFB.org. The website also has more information about donation centers' hours of operation.

- Bay City News


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Michael Craig November 19, 2012 at 06:36 PM
More and more people out of work and the ones that are working are making much less. Is it any wonder there are more people needing food? Maybe people should have thought of that before they voted. Obama can't give all the unemployed people a Free Phone AND a Free Turkey!
Michael Craig November 19, 2012 at 06:48 PM
PS-I am donating my time on Thanksgiving to help give out food to the people less fortunate. If anyone else is lucky enough to be employed-I strongly suggest donating a turkey or your time!


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