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Plant City food bank needs turkeys for Thanksgiving meals

PLANT CITY United Food Bank of Plant City, which is seeing record demand this year, is asking for help in feeding needy families for Thanksgiving.

The charity at 702 E. Alsobrook St. is asking for donations of frozen 10- to 12-pound turkeys through Nov. 25. They can be dropped off at the food bank from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Last year, the food bank handed out more than 400 Thanksgiving meals and this year, Executive Director Christine Miller expects the nonprofit to provide even more, perhaps as many as 600.

Miller said individuals can buy frozen turkeys cheaper than the charity because supermarkets are willing to take a loss on the birds to lure in more business from retail customers.

“If people can pick up a turkey or more than one turkey to donate to us it really helps us out,” she said.

The food bank already has the fixings to go with the turkeys, she added.

Demand on the nonprofit’s pantry has increased dramatically since 2012, she said. Last year, the food bank helped 400 families, a figure that was reached in August, she said.

For information about the turkey drive, contact the food bank at (813) 764-0625.

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