Food Shelves Low this Thanksgiving

By: Bill Schammert

It's hard to imagine a Thanksgiving dinner without the turkey, but that's a reality many local families could be facing. 

“Soon as I get paid, it goes right out to a bill,” Janice Palmer said. “A bill is at the house before my check even gets there.”

Palmer has been going to the Salvation Army for nearly a decade.  The working mother of six knows the importance of spending the holidays with your family.

“It makes my family closer, we get a chance to interact, sit around and think about all the things we're thankful for.”

Last year, the Salvation Army supplied 400 families with Thanksgiving Day baskets.  This year, it's expected to need even more, but with just a week to go, the organization only has enough food to fill 150 baskets.

“Those of you that have extra, maybe you could give a little extra,” Salvation Army Director of Social Services Clarice Mackey said.  “The phone calls are coming in daily with people wondering if we'll have the food and we're just praying that we will.”

And the problem doesn't stop at the Salvation Army.  The shelves at Matt Talbot Kitchen are low as well.

“A lot of our guests do have young children, and we want to give them the best holiday possible,” Outreach Director Glenn Schawang said.

Now, it's up to the community.  If you'd like to help, any food donations can be dropped off either at Matt Talbot or the Salvation Army.  Both are located on North 27th Street.