The food pantry at the Salvation Army in New Bedford has all the Thanksgiving fixings, but one, important item is missing this year. Major Gilbert Parkhurst, Commander of the New Bedford Salvation Army explains, "We receive our turkeys from the Boston food bank at a greatly discounted price.
This year, the pain of budget cuts and the rising price of turkeys is taking it's toll. In past years the freezer has been stocked with 300-400 turkeys. This year, it's a drastic change, only about 50 turkeys are stocked. Because of the shortage, there is some talk of adding chickens instead of turkeys to the Thanksgiving baskets. Parkhurst goes on, "A chicken, you know, not quite the same as a turkey. Of course they would be appreciative if we gave them a chicken they would be happy but it's so much nicer to be able to give them a turkey."
They're hoping donations will make a difference for people receiving the baskets, like Luz Caban. She is thankful for the donations coming in, saying, "that shows the love that people have for others, and if they can continue to do that, then the Salvation Army can help more people that need the baskets...it's wonderful."
She along with about 300 other people will pick up their baskets Tuesday, November 26th.