In the final days before its annual Thanksgiving distribution, the Missoula Food Bank is running low on turkeys.
The food bank expects it will need up to 2,000 turkeys for families, but has only 1,725. Of those, about 1,600 were purchased in bulk with money raised this month.
The food bank's Thanksgiving meal distribution – which takes place Monday and Tuesday – is in its 15th year.
“This makes a traditional holiday meal possible for literally thousands of our neighbors,” said Aaron Brock, executive director. “What many people may not realize is just how many people in our community face the threat of hunger. Last year, Missoula Food Bank served one in six people in our community, and last Thanksgiving, 1,804 families had a turkey on the table, who would otherwise have gone without.”
The food bank is accepting turkey donations Friday until 3 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
To learn more about hunger in Missoula, visit missoulafoodbank.org.