The Fauquier Community Food Bank needs 800 turkeys, either donated directly or through gift cards, to feed its clients this Thanksgiving.
The food bank, on 249 E. Shirley Ave., has seen a steady demand for its services in recent years. While the recession has ended and unemployment numbers have improved, many community residents found themselves taking lower-paying jobs to get by.
Thanksgiving is a particularly busy month for the food bank, said Laura Robinson, who works there.
"Just in October we've served about 800 families," Robinson said. "In the winter months, especially the holidays, the demand soars."
This year, the food bank gave its clients a choice between a turkey or a $15 gift card to buy one at a grocery store. Of the 800 people who have signed up for Thanksgiving meals, half chose the turkeys and half chose the gift cards, Robinson said.
In recent months, the food bank has upgraded its storage capacity. Through grants and donations, they've purchased an extra freezer and have installed pallet shelving in their pantry. Stoneridge Events Center has also agreed to lend the use of its freezers for the Thanksgiving turkeys, Robinson said.
All that remains are the turkeys themselves. Anyone who is interested in donating or volunteering at the food bank and thrift store should call (540) 359-6053, (540) 359-6054, or visit their web site.