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Nov 18, 2013 7:09 PM by April Hansen, KSBY

Food Bank needs more than 2,000 turkeys to meet holiday goal

A local food bank says it needs more than 2,000 turkeys to feed some Central Coast families for the holidays.

At the same time, the country's top maker of the traditional Thanksgiving staple announced a shortage. Butterball said it has a shortage of its fresh, whole turkeys, not its frozen turkeys.

Officials for the Santa Barbara County Food Bank say the goal is 3,000 turkeys, but with Thanksgiving only ten days away, they are 2,500 short.

"Everybody can make a difference in someone else's life and this is a perfect time to give thanks," said Darlene Chavez, Santa Barbara County Food Bank.

Volunteers at the Food Bank are busy prepping for the holiday season.

"During the holidays, people are strapped for money so they are reaching out to get food from us so they can sustain themselves through the holidays," said Chavez.

She says the need right now is for turkeys. "Our goal of 3,000 is not even close to being met. We have 400 turkeys right now and so at this point last year we were much further along," said Chavez.

Chavez says this need increases up to 35 percent during the holidays. If you donate a box of stuffing, canned yams, cranberries, and a turkey you can feed a family of four.

"There is such a great need and we want to make happy Thanksgivings for everybody," said Chavez. She says there may be a bird shortage, but there's not a shortage of kindness. "Our donors are incredibly generous. The people that come out and know there is a need they will come out and donate frozen chickens or money so we can go out and purchase other things," said Chavez.

She says the food bank works with 200 nonprofit organizations on the Central Coast to deliver holiday meals to the community.

They want to reach their goal of 3,000 turkeys by Friday, November 22. You can make a food or monetary donation at the North County Food Bank in Santa Maria or the South County location in Santa Barbara.

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