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San Francisco Food Bank to feed record amount for Thanksgiving

The San Francisco Food Bank is set to deliver food to a record-breaking number of families this Thanksgiving, even as demand is at an all-time high this year.

The Food Bank, which serves over 200,000 people each year in the San Francisco area, will meet a 32 percent increase in food requests this season, up 6,000 families from just last year. This translates to about 1 million pounds of Thanksgiving groceries for a total of over 35,700 homes, despite an apparent dearth of donations.

In order to accomplish this, the Food Bank's extensive shopping list includes an estimated 34,000 chickens, 13,000 loaves of bread, 80,000 pounds of apples, and a staggering 100,000 pounds of potatoes.

"We would not be successful without the support of the community around us. This time of year and always, we encourage people to come together to help those who are truly in need," said the bank's executive director Paul Ash.

If you wish to help food drives in your community this season, consider making a cash or a food donation at your local charity organization or grocery store. The holiday season is particularly challenging for food charities that are working to meet skyrocketing demands.
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