Food bank feeling impact from turkey shortage

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Food bank of Western New York feeds about 117,000 individuals every month.

“At the food bank of Western New York, we fight hunger every single day,” said Catherine Shick, who works for the Food Bank. “Hunger is 365 days a year.”

This year, they’re having difficulties getting enough turkeys to feed families in need.

‘With the bird flu, we’re definitely feeling an extra pinch with getting the turkeys we need.”

This spring’s bird influenza hit the poultry population hard – killing around 21 million birds, 3.3 million of which were turkeys. The demand for poultry rose and so did prices, making it difficult for the food bank to purchase many turkeys for this year’s Thanksgiving.

“At the holiday season, it’s a time when we see an increased need.”

As the need rises, the food bank is looking to the community for help, asking people to donate turkeys or whole, frozen chickens. Their goal is to have 4500 turkeys by Thanksgiving week. So far, they’re falling short of their goal – they only have 235.

“If we get the turkeys now, we can get it to the families in need so they can have a nice Thanksgiving meal.”


Donations are welcome at the Food Bank of Western New York, located at 91 Holt Street in Buffalo, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can also call the food bank at (716) 852-1305 to set up a donation time. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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