WEST PENNSAUKEN, NJ (CBS) — Even though food banks in South Jersey have already distributed thousands of turkeys to families in need for Thanksgiving, they say they still need donations.
To be fair, Chris Welch does acknowledge that he is running a bit behind schedule. “Just wanted to give somebody Thanksgiving dinner,” Welch explained.
According to him, several of the places he tried to give to had already run out of Thanksgiving turkeys.
Welch explained, “I came from a household with needs, so it’s important to me to pay it forward whenever I can.”
Welch was able to give back in time for Thanksgiving since the Food Bank of South Jersey is still accepting donations of turkeys.
Food Bank of South Jersey CEO Fred Wasiak believes that “families deserve the right to have those family traditions around a decent, healthy, nutritious meal.”
At the moment, he says, they’re feeding more people every month than they were at the height of the pandemic, and Thanksgiving is no exception.
According to the Food Bank of South Jersey, they received 18,000 requests for turkeys in 2021. They had 22,000 requests this year.
“The price of food becomes more unstable as inflation rises. The pandemic’s aftershocks can be felt in the form of rising petrol prices and inflation “Said Wasiak.
Something that Welch observed as he went to buy his free turkey.
Welch acknowledged that food costs have risen this year but explained why he was making a donation anyhow.
Wasiak claims much more money is required.
While they were successful in meeting the demand for 22,000 turkeys, they must now prepare for the upcoming cold season.
Wasiak lamented that food donations were falling short of needs, but noted that “families who can give are really giving.”
Welch remarked, “I think it’s a fantastic thing to do this time of year if you’re in a position to support other families.”