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Missoula Food Bank in need of turkey donations

Missoula Food Bank Turkeys needed
Posted at 11:34 AM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 00:01:42-05

UPDATE: 1:50 p.m. - Nov. 18, 2020

MISSOULA - Missoula Food Bank Director Aaron Brock says they are still in need of hundreds of turkeys if they are going to provide more than 2,000 of them to families in need of the Thanksgiving Day staple.

Monetary donations that can help purchase turkeys are welcomed and appreciated, but if not given in time those donations might be used to fill other needs. Your best bet in helping a family receive a Thanksgiving Day bird is to bring a frozen turkey or have one delivered to the Food Bank.

Missoula Food Bank Turnkeys Needed

Brock told MTN News that providing that turkey could go towards comforting a family in need this holiday season.

“I think that there is a comfort in the traditional that goes above and beyond the nutritional value,” Aaron Brock said. “Families -- even if they are social distancing, even if it’s just your immediate family -- the ability to come together around that turkey around those potatoes, I think that’s meaningful. It nourishes our souls, as well as our bodies and we, think that’s important.”

Donations can be made safely in the alley adjacent to the Missoula Food Bank building which is located on Wyoming Street.

Can the Cats donations are also due by Friday.

(first report: 11:34 a.m. - Nov. 18, 2020)

The Missoula Food Bank is putting out a call for more turkey donations as the organization prepares to host a turkey meal distribution.

The food bank will host the annual event on Sunday, Nov. 22, and is anticipating providing an anticipated 2,400 local families with a traditional holiday meal. However, frozen turkey donations are still needed.

“This is a truly meaningful thing that our community helps us to do each year,” Missoula Food Bank executive director Aaron Brock said. In the next week, we are hoping to raise an additional 800 turkeys to keep pace with the number of families who are facing food insecurity today.”

The food bank’s turkey distribution is in its 20th year and helps fill a special gap in the community.

“This makes a traditional holiday meal possible for literally thousands of our neighbors,” says Brock. “COVID-19 continues to impact the economic wellbeing of families. This year, we have helped more than 30,000 different people."

The Missoula Food Bank and Community Center is accepting turkey donations at 1720 Wyoming Street. Click here for drop off hours and additional information.