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Not enough turkeys to feed the hungry

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Louisville, KY (WDRB) -- From turkeys to all the fixings, local organizations say donations are down for Thanksgiving.  With just over a week until Thanksgiving, several organizations are looking for more donations. Turkeys are desperately needed.

Salvation Army Food Service Manager Barbara Carlton says, "Obviously we'll use the cream of mushroom for the green bean casserole, and we've got some pumpkin that we'll give to Sullivan to do their pumpkin pies with."

The pantry is not stocked and the shelves are empty in the fridge because donations are down at the Salvation Army on Brook Street. The organization says it desperately needs more food to serve 800 people on Thanksgiving.

Carlton says, "This year, it's mostly because the economy is bad. People don't have the money to give out like in past years. We've seen a downfall in a lot of our donations that we get in."

That includes turkeys. Carlton says her organization needs  40 to 45, 20 pound turkeys.  She says, "We usually do 800 pounds of turkey. We feed about 800 people on Thanksgiving."

And to her surprise a woman drove up and donated nine turkeys, a ham, and utensils for the Thanksgiving meal. She told WDRB she didn't want to be recognized for this.

Carlton says, "I mean that that's probably of a quarter of what we need to buy. That's great, if one person can bring in one of those. We get three people a day for next four days, we'll get up to that 45 mark."

There are about 100 pounds of potatoes in the Salvation Army refrigerator, but it still needs about 200 pounds more and it's hoping the community can help.   Carlton says, "If you are at the Dollar Store and want to pick up a pack of plates for us, that works."

Dare to Care says it's also looking for more Thanksgiving donations. The organization says it's buying more food than ever before. It too doesn't have enough turkeys to meet the community need.

The Salvation Army says food donations must be in by this Friday.  Anything not donated, will be purchased. The dinner will not be scaled back.

WDRB in the Morning is sponsoring the 2nd annual Donuts for Turkeys on Friday. We're teaming up with Krispy Kreme on Bardstown Road to help. Drop by, donate a frozen turkey and you'll get a dozen glazed donuts! Keith Kaiser will be there from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to take donations. The turkeys will be given to Kentucky Harvest for distribution.

Dare to Care also issued these statements:

Thanksgiving is a special time for Dare to Care for the community founded us when a 9 year-old boy died of hunger in Louisville in 1969 on Thanksgiving Eve.  This year, we face the challenge of continuing to meet a record-setting level of need for food assistance in our community.  As the supply of USDA commodities has decreased significantly, we are working hard to replace it with other sources of food.  One source has been food from retail grocers such as Kroger, Walmart, and Meijer.  We are also buying more food than ever before to meet the rising challenge. 

As for turkeys, we do not have enough in stock to meet the community's need for the holidays.  While we don't have a specific number for the shortage, we know that we can use whatever support the community provides for this purpose.  The community can find ways to support us on our website www.daretocare.org

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