Turkey Donation Shortage Worrying the Phoenix-area Food Banks

TurkeyThanksgiving is just a few days away and turkey shortage is creating major concern. The Phoenix-area food banks like the United Food Bank, Society of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Mary’s Food Bank are still scrambling with thousands of turkey shortage and are asking for continued donations to meet the demand to provide food for the needy families.

Reportedly, the turkey donations have decreased significantly this year in comparison to last year.  The pantries depend on donations for turkeys to provide the needy families and for preparing and serving their own Thanksgiving meals.

The numbers look like this:

Till Monday, spokesman Sergio Paris said, United Food Bank was running short of 5,600 turkeys with a total goal of 10,000. During the weekend they have collected about 1,100 turkeys and worth $4,000 in donations, which could be used to get almost three hundred turkeys. To fulfill the requirement, the food bank has already bought 2,800 turkeys.

In an e-mail Paris said, “Knowing the holidays are an especially strenuous time for low-income families, we figured there would be about another 1,500 households in need, so that is how we came up with a goal of 10,000 turkeys, for 10,000 households.”

St. Mary’s had a shortfall of 1,300 turkeys. During the weekend as part of a “Super Saturday” they collected 2,200 turkeys said spokesman Jerry Brown.