St. Albans food shelf has a turkey shortage ahead of Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is right around the corner and some Vermont families are worried about buying a turkey to put on the table. One local food shelf is doing its part, but is worried there won’t be enough turkeys to go around.

The Franklin/Grand Isle Community Action Food Shelf Coordinator Toni Auriemma is concerned.

“When a family comes and asks for a turkey ‘sorry we’re out’… That’s a hard thing for me to do,” Auriemma said. “That’s something I have to do.”

Auriemma said she’s noticed more families coming into the food shelf looking for turkeys and all the fixings in the last week and a half. She said they’ve given out over 85 turkeys as of Friday and are running out.

“There’s been a lot of just families coming in donating turkeys,” she said. “A couple turkeys here and there, but as far as today goes… it does make me nervous that we won’t even have enough to make it to the end of today.”

Fairfax resident Jade Gallagher brought ten turkeys to donate on Friday. She said she used her small business to help. Gallagher explained if customers purchased an item, she bought a turkey to donate to the food shelf.

Gallagher said she was grateful to be able to give back as she’s been less fortunate in the past.

“We know what it feels like,” Gallagher said. “We have a family of six. We have four little kids and my husband is in the military. So we’ve lived paycheck to four days before paycheck and trying to figure out how to feed our family that last week.”

Donations like Gallagher’s are needed for the food shelf to continue helping those for Thanksgiving.

Auriemma said donations can be dropped off at the Food Shelf Directly. For more information visit their website.


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