Fort Worth, Texas – What differs this year compared to all the previous years ahead of the holidays, is the supply chain disruptions and increased prices.
But none of them could stop the Community Food Bank to continue with the free turkeys giveaway ahead of Thanksgiving.
The Tarrant County food bank says demand is higher now than it was during the height of the pandemic in 2020 and with the increased prices and supply chain issues the whole process is much more difficult for them.
Each day this week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., a food giveaway is happening at the Community Food Bank on Galvez Avenue in Fort Worth.
Terry Thompson says a Thanksgiving feast for his family is taking shape thanks to this donation.
“Just to have the opportunity to get everything I need for thanksgiving together. Sometimes times are hard and it’s really tough right now for the whole country,” he said. “Not just individuals, but everybody’s having a really tough time.”
According to the Community Food Bank Executive Director Regena Taylor, they expect 5,000 people to show up this year, but there are still many people calling in and that number might go up.
The Fiesta Grocery Store at Miller Avenue and Berry Street has teamed up with Fort Worth ISD and the Amy Witherite Law Firm to address the need for turkeys.
According to the organizers, they plan to provide free turkeys for more than 1,000 families at the event that is scheduled to take place on Friday.
“We are going to come in early and we’re going to be set up and will be giving them out at 9 a.m.,” said Fiesta Store Director Chris Perez.
“It helps everybody. It helps us get through this,” Perez said. “Knowing that there’s somebody cares that’s trying to help other people, it’s a beautiful thing.”
The event at Fiesta is open to the public.