St. Mary's still needs turkeys for Thanksgiving

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- With just days to go until Thanksgiving, St. Mary's Food Bank is concerned that it does not have enough turkeys for those in need.

The food bank is anticipating requests for tens of thousands of holiday food boxes. The goal is for each box to contain a turkey and other assorted holiday dinner items so families throughout the Valley and state can enjoy the comforting tradition of a holiday meal.

"We did have a very good 'Super Saturday,'" Jerry Brown of St. Mary's Food Bank told 3TV's Ryan O'Donnell Monday morning. "We collected over 1,600 turkeys on Saturday. Thursday and Friday were very slow. They're normally big donation days for us."

The food bank started its distribution Monday morning, but the organization is still gratefully accepting donations.

"Turkeys are great, but we can take anything across the board," Brown said. "We'll be outside to take your donations. The more donations we get today, the longer we can stay open this week."

Brown said more than 1,500 family are expected at the food bank Monday. The food distribution will continue throughout the day and into tomorrow -- for as long as donations hold out.

Last year, through the generous donations of businesses and private citizens in Arizona, St. Mary's holiday food box distribution provided meals for an estimated 100,000 people battling with hunger in our state.

St. Mary's is accepting food and cash donations at its Phoenix (2831 N. 31st Ave.) and Surprise (13050 W. Elm St.) locations today, tomorrow and Wednesday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.

Now in its 46th year of serving Arizona, St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that alleviates hunger by efficiently gathering and distributing food to 300 partner agencies at 400 locations that serve the hungry.