Turkey Day Preps Underway

Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 9:51am

President Obama pardons turkeys; meals delivered to those in need.

Food pantries and charities across the country are preparing and delivering Thanksgiving meals.

Volunteers expect to serve a record number of families this year.

"There are seniors that are going hungry, there are single mothers with kids that are going hungry, and all of this hunger is wrong, and that's what we're really trying to fight," says the DC Central Kitchen's Mike Curtin.

The fight stretches into rural america as well, where more than 3-million households are hungry, many in the farm communities responsible for our nation's harvest.

For those fortunate enough to be able to shop for their holiday meal, this year's spread is going to cost a bit more.

"Turkey prices are up over 33 percent, also fresh vegetable prices are up, particularly potatoes
and sweet potatoes are up," notes the Food Institute's Brian Todd.

Following a holiday tradition, this morning President Obama spared two turkeys, a reminder of the generosity and spirit of the season.

The turkeys pardoned, named Apple and Cider, will live out their lives at George Washington's home in Mount Vernon, Virginia.

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