Union Station Homeless Services is in desperate need for frozen turkeys due to a nationwide shortage and rising prices, which has prompted nonprofit leaders to ask for the public’s help.

The organization hosts a Dinner in the Park event annually to distribute meals to adults and families experiencing homelessness and poverty, senior citizens, and those who are alone at the holidays or unable to afford a holiday meal.

Kitchen Supervisor Evelyn Gonzalez sets up turkeys to be carved on Friday, November 19, 2021 for Union Station Homeless Services Thanksgiving Dinner in the Park at the Pasadena Convention Center's Centerplate kitchen. Centerplate is cooking 250 turkeys to serve 4,500 people for Union Station, which will be distributing prepared meals in lieu of the traditional park dinner due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
Kitchen Supervisor Evelyn Gonzalez sets up turkeys to be carved on Friday, November 19, 2021 for Union Station Homeless Services Thanksgiving Dinner in the Park at the Pasadena Convention Center’s Centerplate kitchen. Centerplate is cooking 250 turkeys to serve 4,500 people for Union Station, which will be distributing prepared meals in lieu of the traditional park dinner due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

But the group needs 450 turkeys to distribute 4,000 Thanksgiving meals during the week of Thanksgiving, and it’s shy of the mark.

“I have never seen the need so dire. We only have 7 of the 450 turkeys we need,” said David Sensente Sr., a 20-year employee of Union Station Homeless Services.

“Many long-time donors are not committing to supplying turkeys this year,” Sensente Sr. added. “We need the community to be generous and help us offer a holiday meal to those who need it the most.”

Frozen turkeys can be dropped off at the Union Station Homeless Services Adult Center located at 412 South Raymond Avenue in Pasadena on any day from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

A complete list of needs for Dinner in the Park is at https://unionstationhs.org/dinner-in-the-park/.

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