The supply chain dilemma has now spread to what we call the season of giving. Local food banks are frantically looking for turkeys, but they fail. For many North Texas families, that means Thanksgiving dinner will be a little different this year.
Pastor Chris Simmons of Cornerstone Baptist Church says the competition is fierce in the poultry section of the supermarket.
âI know I’m some grocery store’s nightmare because when we find them, we buy them all,â he said.
His church has promised 850 Thanksgiving dinners to families around South Dallas, Fair Park. The problem is, there just aren’t enough turkeys.
âHaving enough turkeys has been nothing short of a challenge,â Simmons said.
Grocers who agreed to partner with his church some time ago are now forced to cut back.
âWe were told they had to reduce the number of items they had placed with us because of the supply chain,â Simmons said.
So Pastor Simmons said it was time to move on to Plan B. In addition to the turkeys they were able to get their hands on, his church also bought duck, Cornish hen, chicken and chicken breasts. Turkey.
Dr Valerie Hawthorne of the North Texas Food Bank said the problem was not unique to the local church. They have already sent 16,000 turkeys to the pantries. They too have adopted the safeguard plan.
âTurkeys are 20% more expensive this year and 30% harder to find,â she said. âThe North Texas Food Bank will be distributing chickens, produce and other shelf life items at UNT Dallas this weekend. A little different from turkeys.
USDA figures show that the average price of an 8-16 lb frozen turkey is $ 1.35 per pound. In 2020, the weighted average was $ 1.12 per pound.
It may sound different, but Hawthorne and Simmons have said they are determined to ensure that as many families as possible have something on the table.
For more information on how to help, visit https://ntfb.org/ and http://www.cornerstonedallas.org/