San Antonio Food Bank Needs Turkeys for Holiday Meals


The San Antonio Food Bank is short of turkeys this year, with less than a week to go before Thanksgiving. 

The agency, which feeds 58,000 people every week, needs about 12,000 turkeys to get through the holiday season. It's not so unusual to need extra donations during in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, says Dawn Thurmond, director of communications for the San Antonio Food Bank, but this year the organization only has about 3,500 birds and needs another 9,000 to catch up. 

"We're usually able to meet our goal," she says. "Our donations are usually pretty good, but people just aren't donating as much right now. We think that it might be because prices are pretty high."

She says that the food bank is holding a "turkey roundup" at the H-E-B at 281 and Evans Road on Saturday, Nov. 21. The food bank will have a refrigerated truck on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., so people can buy a turkey and donate on the spot.

Can't afford to donate a turkey? No pressure.

"If people want to help, they ca donate a whole chicken, a ham, an kind of protein, just to make it special," she says. "I think people think it has to be a turkey, and that would be great, but think about what your family would eat on the holidays and you can donate that instead." 

If you can't make it to the event, you can also donate Monday through Friday at the food bank (located at 5200 U.S. Highway 90) or you can donate cash online at 

"The easiest way is to donate money," she says. "We have the link on our front page. For every $15 we collect, we're able to provide a holiday meal."