Over 1,000 turkeys distributed in Austin despite high prices

Without the “Hands for Hope” meal distribution, Dasawne Cavanaugh says she wouldn’t have been able to afford her turkey this year.

AUSTIN, Texas – The current supply chain crisis has driven the price of Thanksgiving dinner up this year.

Despite the shortages and rising prices, El Buen Samaritano met from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and handed out meal kits so that everyone could celebrate Thanksgiving with a good meal.

“They can have a whole turkey and the traditional toppings like potatoes, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, vegetables that accompany the traditional meal,” said Dr. Rosamaria Murillo, CEO of El Buen. Samaritano.

Dasawne Cavanaugh, who picked up her meal kit, said without the event, she wouldn’t have been able to afford this year’s turkey.

“People are really hungry, and they don’t get money like that, and I don’t have money, you know,” she said. “So it’s very complicated to have full meals.”

Murillo said they had more traction this year than in previous years due to rising food prices and shortages.

Plus, while some pantries struggle to get their hands on copious amounts of turkey, Murillo said they don’t.

“We are very fortunate to have a partnership with HEB which, for a few years now, has enabled us not to face this challenge”, she added. “For us it was, it’s a blessing that we were able to secure… so many turkeys.”

With over 1,000 turkeys in hand, they were able to give back to those who needed it most.

“We are here for the community, and the community is also here for us,” said Murillo. “These are the people who build our community. These are the people who work in construction who clean our buildings, our homes that have lost so much throughout this pandemic. And so for us to have the honor of serving them , that’s an incredible feeling. “

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