S.F. food bank reports turkey shortage

Low-income families hoping for a traditional Thanksgiving Day feast with the help from the San Francisco Food Bank may be left with empty plates, as food bank officials announced a shortage today of about 400 turkeys.

Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, is fast approaching, and the lack of turkey and money donations has left the food bank struggling, according to officials.

“Last year at this time we had more than 1,000 turkeys on hand. This year we have fewer than 700. We hope that once members of our San Francisco community know about this crisis, they’ll step forward and help us provide a holiday meal for families and individuals in need,” Director Paul Ash said.

The food bank distributes turkeys and otherholiday foods directly to low-income families and to partner agencies such as St. Anthony Dining Room, which serves free meals to individuals and families.

Turkey donations can be made between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the food bank, at 900 Pennsylvania Ave.

Monetary donations will also be used to purchase turkeys. Every $15 in donations allows the food bank to purchase one turkey, according to officials. Donations can be made online at www.sfoodbank.org.

— Bay City News

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