St. Mary's in desperate need of turkeys one week before Thanksgiving

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by Natalie Brand

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Posted on November 21, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 27 at 6:23 PM

PHOENIX -- St. Mary's Food Bank is running out of turkeys, one week before Thanksgiving.

Torrie Strause said last year she was giving to St. Mary’s Food Bank. This year, she’s receiving.

"It's hard to have to swallow your pride," Strause said.

But she said it's necessary in order to give her seven grandchildren Thanksgiving dinner and holiday memories.

"I was wondering what I was going to do," she said. "I forgot about the resources that were here because I have never used them."

On Thursday afternoon, Strause was one of hundreds who flooded St. Mary's, one week before Turkey Day.

"This may be the busiest week leading up to [the week of Thanksgiving] that I've ever seen," said Jerry Brown, spokesman for St. Mary's. "We’re helping 6, 7, 800 clients a day."

St. Mary's said its number of turkeys is dwindling and unless the food bank gets the donations it needs, a number of Valley families in need may be eating chicken for Thanksgiving, according to Brown.

"We're not sure if we're going to make it to Monday or Tuesday of next week," Brown said. "We need 7,000 turkeys to put in for the rush we know we're going to get the final three days."

Brown said to complicate matters, demand is up this month due to reductions to federal SNAP benefits.

St. Mary's hopes donations will pour in this Saturday during the food bank's "Super Saturday" event.

They will be accepting donations, turkeys and food from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information on how to help visit www.firstfoodbank.org.

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