Help for the holidays: White Center Food Bank turkey drive

The White Center Food Bank not only serves our neighbors to the south in its namesake community, it also serves people in West Seattle as far north as SW Myrtle. So you’re helping people in both communities if you can respond to this request, just received (note it’s actually two requests in one – for turkey donations, and for volunteer holiday-distribution help):

On November 19 from 9 am until 7 pm, White Center Food Bank will be holding a Turkey Drive to collect donated frozen turkeys and chickens for their upcoming Thanksgiving holiday distribution. White Center Food bank expects to serve over 1,000 families for the holiday. This year’s turkey shortage combined with high wholesale prices (currently $1.25 a pound) make it difficult for the food bank to purchase turkeys at normally deep discounts. Starting (today), local sales and deals on turkeys will be posted on the White Center Food Bank’s Facebook page. Other meal items that are needed include: olives, cranberry sauce, pickles, cookie or cake mixes, cool whip or whipping cream, pumpkin, any type of canned milk, muffin mixes and pie crust mixes.

To donate, any turkey or chicken should be frozen. White Center Food Bank located at 10829 8th Avenue SW will be open November 19 until 7 pm to accept any donation. Other times to drop off are available; please call 206-762-2848. Volunteers are still needed to assist with holiday distribution as well including Monday through Wednesday, November 21-23 from 12:30-3:30 pm.

Here’s the WC Food Bank’s post this morning about turkey deals (got one to add?). P.S. We’re compiling requests for holiday help – here’s how to send one.

4 Replies to "Help for the holidays: White Center Food Bank turkey drive"

  • Pete November 13, 2011 (11:37 am)

    Thanks for the great reminder about helping our neighbors in need as we head into the Holidays. Just want to remind folks that the West Seattle Food Bank is also facing the same challenges this year. WSFB has experienced the same dramatic increase in the demands for our services this year. We too would welcome your donations during the upcoming holiday season.

    • WSB November 13, 2011 (12:10 pm)

      We’ll be asking Fran for a needs list (as we usually do) … WC Food Bank just happened to send a news release today – TR

  • Debbie Needs Dinner November 15, 2011 (8:30 am)

    The “turkey shortage” is more about price than availability, or so it seems according to this article:

    But increased prices will probably translate into a shortfall in donations. Hopefully blogs like yours will increase awareness of the situation and encourage people to make the effort to counter it.

  • HT November 17, 2011 (12:58 pm)

    Are there any arrangements with the grocery stores that make this more convenient? I don’t have the time to go buy one and then drive down to drop it off.

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