The Food Bank for the Heartland is expecting a shipment of 4,900 turkeys on Thursday for the Thanksgiving season. The shipment is expected to help with the unprecedented need this holiday season.
In March, the Food Bank placed its order to purchase turkeys for Thanksgiving. The 4,900 turkeys will not be sufficient to fill the requests already received from the 325 pantries, meal providers, emergency shelters and other nonprofit organizations served by the Food Bank in Nebraska and western Iowa. Last year, the number of turkeys purchased was 4,500.
“Right now, we are not going to have enough turkeys to meet the need this holiday season,” said Susan Ogborn, president and CEO of Food Bank for the Heartland. "We would encourage the public to consider donating turkeys to the Food Bank.”
In order for the turkeys to make it to dinner tables of the needy in time for Thanksgiving, donations must to arrive at the Food Bank by November 19th.
Food donations to Food Bank for the Heartland have been decreasing, but demand for food remains high. Over 208,000 people in Nebraska and western Iowa are said to be in need.