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South Coast Foodbank struggling to get turkeys and chickens for Thanksgiving

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Will you be having turkey for Thanksgiving next week? Some in the community may not be, because of supply chain issues, warns a South Coast Foodbank.

It’s the staple of a Thanksgiving meal – the turkey.

But many in need on the South Coast could be facing Thanksgiving without a bird, as a South Coast Foodbank says it is struggling to get poultry for the holidays.

Judith Smith-Meyer from the Foodbank of Santa Barbara says that supply chain issues have left them short of turkeys and chicken for those in the community who are in need - and the demand for foodbanks is greater than ever because of the pandemic and seasonal working.

"This year the supply chain issues are hitting the foodbanks for the first time in the biggest way we have seen so far," she told KCLU.

"We are having a harder time getting birds to distribute to the community," said Smith-Meyer.

Meyer said donations of both small turkeys and chickens are encouraged, with special emphasis for donations by Thanksgiving.

Because of the issues with wholesalers, she said the best way is for community to purchase and donate a bird.

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Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award this year, and also won two further first place awards, for Lifestyle Feature and Personality Profile/Interview. Last year, Caroline won first place for Use Of Sound. She also won two Golden Mike Awards this year, for Best News Reporting and Best Entertainment Reporting, as well as a National Arts & Entertainment Award from LA Press Club for One-on-One interview. Caroline started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and she was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007. She moved to Los Angeles in 2013 and is both an American and British citizen. Caroline lives in Agoura Hills with her daughter - her proudest production.