FORT WORTH –– A line stretched several blocks outside the Community Food Bank on Tuesday as residents flocked to the center in the hopes of securing a free turkey ahead of Thanksgiving.
During the giveaway’s first day on Monday, the food bank ran out of its supply after volunteers handed out more than 1,000 turkeys. The food bank turned to the public to ask for donations.
Robert Blanton of Fort Worth is one of those who responded.
"Because we've been blessed this year. God blessed us this year. So it's time to pass it on to the people," he said on Tuesday morning.
Several truckloads of turkeys arrived at the food bank throughout the day. Organizers anticipated a crowd just as big as the one a day earlier. Peggy Wiggins was among the first in line to get at turkey.
"It means a lot. It means everybody's going to be able to have Thanksgiving dinner," she said. "The kids are going to be able to eat-they won't go hungry."
The pantry's executive director Regina Taylor said they've seen an influx of clients ever since Food Stamp benefits were cut earlier in November. On any day, they would ordinarily help 400 clients, but that number is now up to 500, Taylor said.
She calls their work a labor of love.
"Money can't buy that kind of happiness. Seeing that people are getting fed and we not only feed their bellies, we feed their soul and their spirit too,” Taylor said. “We feed hope."
The food bank regularly accepts donations. Call 817.924.3333 for more information.