With one week to go, the Weld Food Bank only has one-third of the turkeys it needs to fill Thanksgiving orders.
The food bank helps 102 nonprofit organizations across Weld County. Those agencies have placed holiday meal orders that doubled last year’s need.
“We are in need of some big community support in the form of frozen turkeys,” said Stephanie Gausch, development manager for the food bank. “We’ve never been this much in need this close to the holiday.”
In Weld County, one in six adults are hungry and one in four children are hungry. Based on recommendations by the nonprofit agencies, all of the turkeys donated will go to people who cannot afford a meal, let alone a Thanksgiving meal. Turkeys also get donated to places that will prepare the meal for those in need.
“The holiday meal means so much to people,” said Danielle Bock, the food resource and transportation manager at the food bank. “Eating at Thanksgiving is really the thing that brings people together. Try to imagine your holiday without that meal.”
The food bank needs 1,000 turkeys by next week. And that is just for the Thanksgiving orders.
“We will be wiped out after next Thursday, and we will have to start all over for the Christmas holiday,” Bock said.
Weld Food Bank members will be camped outside the Walmarts in Evans, Greeley and Longmont on Saturday to collect turkeys from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
“It’s a big number but I am enthusiastic,” Bock said. “It’s the easiest way to donate. Buy one turkey for yourself and one turkey for the food bank.”