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Food Bank puts call out for Thanksgiving turkeys

By Staff | Nov 16, 2009

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and turkeys are in very short supply in order to feed the hungry in Southwest Florida.

Last week, the Harry Chapin Food Bank put out an emergency plea for the 6,000 turkeys needed by their participating non-profit agencies who rely on them to fill food baskets for the holiday distribution to the ever-increasing numbers of hungry adults and children.

Individuals can assist the food bank by either purchasing turkeys or contributing financial aid to purchase turkeys. Businesses can help by encouraging customers to support the turkey drive.

Joyce Jacobs, associate director of the food bank, says that the demand for turkeys is greater than ever this year. The food bank is working to provide the 6,000 turkeys to its partner agencies so families will have a Thanksgiving dinner with their families.

Jacobs also noted that right now, the Harry Chapin Food Bank only has 500 turkeys in the freezer. She says that $9 is the approximate cost of each turkey and urges people to assist the bank in this emergency drive to provide the turkeys needed.

In addition, Jacobs said that turkeys can be dropped off at their warehouse, located at 3760 Fowler Street in Fort Myers, or checks can be mailed to the same address. Contributions can also be made online at harrychapinfoodbank.org. Time is of the essence as Thanksgiving doesn’t wait – the annual “turkey day” is approaching very rapidly.

Additional information about or to contribute financially to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, contact 239-334-7007 or go to www.harrychapinfoodbank.org.