As I am sure everyone knows, 2015 has been a very bad year for the avian flu. Poultry and egg prices have gone up, and because of this, the traditional Thanksgiving turkey is in jeopardy.
For the past eight years, through the generosity of our donors, the Hays County Food Bank has provided a frozen turkey and traditional nonperishable trimmings to food insecure families at no charge. However, in order to do so this year would cost the food bank an extra $20,000 more than what it would cost to provide frozen hams. We have polled our supporters asking what they think of us providing hams instead of turkeys, and overwhelmingly we have received positive feedback to make the fiscally responsible choice.
The Hays County Food Bank wants to ensure that all food insecure families who need a holiday box for the season are taken care of. Family and celebrating the holiday season together is incredibly important, especially in light of the recent flooding that affected so many in May. The holiday ham is just as important to the holiday meal as the turkey, and it will fill bellies just as well. We hope that everyone will continue to support the Hays County Food Bank and our decision to be Pro Ham this year. It really is all about the clients, and the more money we are able to save on the holiday boxes, the more people we will be able to help throughout the year. We wish to provide nutritious food for the food insecure in Hays County all year, regardless of the season.