SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Food Bank sees near-record requests for vacation help, but the supply of turkeys and other holiday items is running out, the association said in a press release.

“Food is love. Food is what brings us together. It’s heartbreaking to think that a lot could be without this holiday season, ”said Eric Cooper, President and CEO of the Food Bank. “It’s shaping up to be the most expensive Thanksgiving in history, which is especially difficult given the pandemic that has already stressed so many people. I hope for a vacation miracle.

Supply chain challenges, general inflation and rising prices in grocery stores add to the costs of giving. Thanksgiving is also one of the most expensive meals of the year for a family.

The food bank said the public can help by donating non-perishable food to any branch of the Security Service Federal Credit Union in greater San Antonio or by depositing food in the red barrels located at the entrance to any HEB grocery store in the region.

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Goodwill stores also have food bank donation barrels for easy deposit. Monetary donations can also help families in need, as every dollar provides 10 pounds of food. A $ 10 gift provides 100 pounds of food. A $ 15 donation can provide a turkey during the holidays.

The food bank said the public is encouraged to participate in the Thanksgiving 5K Turkey Trot, which is sponsored by HEB. Registration provides someone who is hungry with a turkey.

Those interested can also volunteer throughout the months of November and December. For more information on donating food, time or money, you can consult the Food bank website.

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