Food bank faces 1,000-turkey shortfall ahead of holiday

The Community Food Bank says it is more than 1,000 turkeys short of its goal.

FORT WORTH — The annual Turkey Day rush is on at the Community Food Bank. But staff says the big problem this year is that they are more than 1,000 frozen turkeys short headed into a busy Tuesday and Wednesday.

"We need as many turkeys as we can get," said executive director Regena Taylor. "From one to 23, or whatever. It all helps."

Taylor said more than 4,000 families pre-registered for the annual turkey dinner giveaway on Monday and Tuesday. But a shortfall of turkey donations have left them scrambling.

The food bank is also worried about Wednesday, when families that failed to register in advance stop by, looking for anything that might still be left.

"We have hams, maybe brisket," Taylor said. "But the kids all want turkeys."

WFAA has profiled the popular program for lower income families before.  But long time volunteers like Andy Valdez say they are in desperate need of more private donations.

 

"We gotta make up for tomorrow... They're still coming in, still coming in," he said. "It was actually a little calmer when we split the lines today."

A line was expected to form early Tuesday morning outside of Community Food Bank's storage facility at 3000 Galvez Avenue. Only families pre-registered with the organization are allowed to pick up a bag of canned goods, drinks, and a turkey on Tuesday.

For a closer look at the incredible volunteer effort this year, visit the Community Food Bank Facebook page.


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