Supply Chain Disruptions Impact Local Food Bank Distribution – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

The dilemma in the supply chain has now expanded to what we know as a season. Local food banks are desperately looking for turkeys just to miss out. For many families in North Texas, this means Thanksgiving dinner will look a little different this year.

Pastor Chris Simmons of Cornerstone Baptist Church says competition is fierce in the poultry section of the supermarket.

“I know that I am some groceries nightmare because if we find it we will buy it all,” he said.

His church promised 850 Thanksgiving dinners to families in the South Dallas area, Fair Park. The problem is, there just aren’t enough turkeys.

“Getting enough turkeys was a challenge,” said Simmons.

Grocers who agreed to partner with his church some time ago are now forced to back out.

“We have been told that they need to reduce the number of items they have given us because of the supply chain,” said Simmons.

So Pastor Simmons said it was time to move to Plan B. In addition to the turkeys they could get their hands on, his church also bought ducks, Cornish hen, chicken, and turkey breast.

Dr. Valerie Hawthorne of the North Texas Food Bank said the problem wasn’t unique to the local church. They have already sent 16,000 turkeys to pantries. They also implemented the backup plan.

“Turkeys are 20% more expensive and 30% harder to find this year,” she said. “The North Texas Food Bank will be handing out chickens, produce, and other non-perishable items at UNT Dallas this weekend. A little different from turkeys. “

Figures from the USDA show that the average price for a frozen turkey hen is from 8 to 16 pounds at $ 1.35 per pound. In 2020, the weighted average was $ 1.12 per pound.

It might look different, but Hawthorne and Simmons said they are determined to make sure that as many families as possible have something on the table.

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