Turkeys, other donations running short ahead of Thanksgiving, San Antonio Food Bank says

Rising prices, supply chain challenges and general inflation are adding to costs

The San Antonio Food Bank is seeing near-record requests for holiday help, but the supply of turkeys and other holiday items is running short, the nonprofit said in a press release.

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Food Bank is seeing near-record requests for holiday help, but the supply of turkeys and other holiday items is running short, the nonprofit said in a press release.

“Food is love. Food is what gathers us. It is heartbreaking to think that many might go without this holiday season,” said Eric Cooper, president and CEO of the Food Bank. “It’s shaping up to be the most expensive Thanksgiving in history, which is especially tough coming on the backside of the pandemic that already stressed so many. I am hoping for a holiday miracle.”

San Antonio Food Bank CEO and president Eric Cooper talks about the current situation at the nonprofit as the pandemic continues and inflation has kicked in.

Supply chain challenges, general inflation and rising prices in the grocery store are adding to the costs of giving. Thanksgiving is also one of the more expensive meals of the year for a family.

The Food Bank said the public can help by making nonperishable food donations at any Security Service Federal Credit Union branch in greater San Antonio or by dropping food in the red barrels located at the entrances of any H-E-B grocery store in the area.

Goodwill stores also have Food Bank donation barrels for easy drop-off. Monetary donations also can help families in need as every $1 provides 10 pounds of food. A gift of $10 provides 100 pounds of food. A $15 donation can provide a turkey during the holidays.

The Food Bank said the public is encouraged to participate in the Thanksgiving 5K Turkey Trot, which is sponsored by H-E-B. Registration provides a turkey to someone facing hunger.

Those interested can also volunteer throughout November and December. For more information on donating food, time, or money, you can go to the Food Bank’s website.