November 26, 2013

Weld Food Bank needs more turkeys

GREELEY – The Weld Food Bank has seen a 41 percent increase in requests for holiday turkeys this year vs. last year, likely because of flooding.

The nonprofit saw 3,000 requests from other organizations last year for turkeys for low-income families during the holidays last year. The food bank has seen 4,219 requests for turkeys this year, leaving employees scrambling for more birds.
The increase comes from the food bank covering more territory in Weld County as well as flooding, said Stephanie Gausch, director of advocacy and communications.

“We’ve had a fair amount of people who have been displaced, who are in need of food assistance,” she said. “We think that number has risen as a result of folks displaced by the flood.”

The food bank, however, has received only about 3,300 turkeys this year. It needs 900 more birds to fulfill turkey requests, Gausch said. Most of the turkeys have come from individual households.

People can bring turkeys to Weld Food Bank between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday or to Wing Shack in Greeley, Windsor and Garden City, where they will receive six free chicken wings.

GREELEY – The Weld Food Bank has seen a 41 percent increase in requests for holiday turkeys this year vs. last year, likely because of flooding.

The nonprofit saw 3,000 requests from other organizations last year for turkeys for low-income families during the holidays last year. The food bank has seen 4,219 requests for turkeys this year, leaving employees scrambling for more birds.
The increase comes from the food bank covering more territory in Weld County as well as flooding, said Stephanie Gausch, director of advocacy and communications.

“We’ve had a fair amount of people who have been displaced, who…

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