A Bird in the Hand: Idaho Foodbank Launches Christmas Turkey Appeal

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Saying that the need is still high in spite of an improving economy, the Idaho Foodbank appealed to Gem State generosity Friday by announcing its goal to distribute as many as 7,200 turkeys or hams for Christmas. The food bank handed out 7,800 roasts for Thanksgiving.

The food bank's budget to purchase turkeys is 50 percent less than last year and the price of turkeys has also increased. As a result, the food bank faces a 70 percent reduction in the number of turkeys its can purchase from partner agencies.

To offset the gap, Idahoans are being asked to make holiday donations at Idaho Foodbank branches in Boise, Pocatello or Lewiston, at any Treasure Valley Les Schwab location, or at any local food pantry or community kitchen.

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