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Sacramento Food Bank Meets Record Demand

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The handing out of turkeys took place Monday and Tuesday of this Thanksgiving week. Kelly Siefert, with the Sacramento Food Bank, says a line formed around the block.  

"Families formed the line down Third Avenue, up 34th , then down Fourth Avenue, and then made another turn. It was quite a significant line. People came as early as 6 o'clock."

Frozen turkeys were disbursed with stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, gravy mix and vegetables at a rate of nearly seven-hundred an hour. Siefert says the record number of families served this year was up fifteen-hundred over last year.
"The main reason that we gave out so many turkeys is that there's just an increase in need. We have more families than ever before that have never asked for help."
All turkeys distributed by the food bank had been donated. Some came in large quantities from companies and offices. Others came from individuals who donated one or two.
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