Community Food Bank needs thousands more turkeys

Community food bank needs turkeys

FORT WORTH - The lines outside Community Food Bank in Fort Worth didn't let up Tuesday morning.

In one line, hundreds of people spent the morning to get a box of fresh vegetables, bread and meat. 

In another, dozens waited to sign up for a voucher to get a turkey and the fixings to take home for Thanksgiving next week. 

The Community Food Bank, which runs strictly on donations, feeds an average of 600 people a day, said executive director Regena Taylor. 

But during their annual turkey giveaway planned for November 20 and 21, they're expecting to feed more than 5,000 families. 

However, the food bank is currently thousands of turkeys short, and they need donations fast. 

As of Tuesday morning, the food bank had just over 1,000 turkeys and needs nearly 4,000 more. 

"What makes a difference is the general public," Taylor said. "Out of all the holidays, Thanksgiving is the one that really pulls family together." 

"It helps on the holidays," said Rebecca Martinez, a food bank client. "I'm a senior citizen now, I don't have a lot of family around, and to me (coming here) it's like family."

Yvonne Walker, better known as "Miss E," knows all about giving and giving back. She used to be a client at Community Food Bank. Now, she's the first volunteer people see when they walk in the door to sign up to get a turkey. 

"It's just heart-filling," Walker said. "It's heart filling to see these people and I know how they feel. All want to ask for food, and don't know where to go. You can come here. All you need is a photo ID."

Community Food Bank is accepting donations, both food and monetary, at 3000 Galvez Avenue in Fort Worth. You can also donate online at food-bank.org/donate.

To get food or a turkey voucher, all you need is a photo ID. There are no zip code restrictions. 

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