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Stockton Food Bank Hopes Donations Will Cover Thanksgiving Shortfall



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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The freezer at the Stockton Emergency Food Bank is usually filled with turkeys to give away this time of year.

But Food Bank Director Rebecca Knodt says last week the freezer was empty.

KNODT:  "Thursday was the worst, we had only one turkey for the whole week, Friday we got 7, totally panicking seeing only 7 turkeys in the bin."

That's because on Monday the food bank expects 2,000 people will line up for Thanksgiving food baskets for their families.

Federal funding was supposed to provide more than $40,000, but the funds are 10 months late.

Knodt is hopeful donations will cover the shortfall, but there are only 6 days left until the line starts to form.

KNODT:  "Line is all the way, like about 2 or 3 blocks long, so that is why we cannot afford to disappoint this community that are going to come and just line up there."

Knodt adds that 4 out of 5 families helped by the food bank are working poor.

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