Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and while families in the community are preparing to gather and share a bountiful feast, there are thousands of our neighbors who struggle to put food on the table. To help these neighbors this holiday season, the Food Bank is asking for the donation of 2,000 frozen turkeys to help provide holiday meals for families who are at-risk of hunger.
Every year, the Food Bank collects distributes turkeys, packaged stuffing, canned yams and cranberries to agency partners, including Salvation Army and the Vineyard, who provide holiday meals or meal baskets to low-income residents.
The September 2013 floods also increased the need for turkey donations. The Food Bank will also provide turkeys and side items to the Disaster Assistance Center in Loveland to make sure families impacted by the floods have a holiday meal.
While donations are primarily needed before Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, the Food Bank will accept donations up until Friday, December 20. DOnations can be brought to the north side of the Food Bank, 1301 Blue Spruce in Fort Collins, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
"This is a wonderful opportunity to provide much needed food for our neighbors who are struggling," says Amy Pezzani, executive director of the Food Bank. "Last month, we provided food to more than 13,000 people through our Food Share food pantry program. After a leveling off earlier in the year, we are seeing the number of visitors to Food Share increase as well as the average number of visits each month. We hope the community will remember those who face a shortage of food this holiday season and offer to help."
For more information, visit the Food Bank website at FoodBankLarimer.org.