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Wiregrass Turkey Shortage No More!

By: Deborah Tuff
By: Deborah Tuff

Monday, WTVY first told you about a lack the Wiregrass Food Bank was experiencing: they didn't have enough turkeys to hand out for Thanksgiving.

It was a problem, and definitely a concern, because the deadline to hand out nearly 900 turkeys’ to Wiregrass organizations was approaching, and so far, only 160 had been collected.

A few days later, that’s a different story.

Opening the food bank freezer you nearly trip over them. Boxes, on top of boxes filled with turkeys’, even more turkeys’ were found pressed against walls, and stuffed into bins, all because of gracious donations from citizens and businesses here in the Wiregrass.

"I'm amazed at the generosity of the community every year. They always support us, but I shouldn't be because that's just the nature of the people in the Wiregrass" says Food Bank Director David Hanks.

After our story ran, more than $3000 dollars had been donated to purchase the holiday treat.

Then, during the food bank's Stuff the Semi fundraiser held Thursday, 300 more turkeys were donated.

"We've met our goal and we will buy about 100 more and that's easy because people have helped us so much." Hanks added.

Also, during the fundraiser, more than 3500 pounds of food was given to the food bank.

The next project to tackle: Christmas, which is when the food bank gives out holiday hams.


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