Where to donate a turkey?

coldwater creek farm turkeys flockT. emails:

I was told at ShopRite today that I've qualified for a free turkey. I don't want it myself, but I was wondering if I should pick it up and drop it off at a food pantry or shelter. Seems like there are probably other people in my position too - how about a roundup of places to donate them, how and when etc? My receipt says to get it from ShopRite between 11/16 and 11/27.

We were just thinking it'd be great if these supermarket chains would allow you to designate your free turkey or ham or whatever to be given to charity directly.

Got an idea for T.? Please share!


Call the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern, NY
965 Albany Shaker Rd, Latham, NY 12110
(518) 786-3691

They are best equipped to answer your question and/or direct your turkey to those in need.

I'm in a similar situation. I was just going to ignore it (not take the free turkey) but if I can donate it to a charity I am all over that like gravy on mashed potatoes.

The Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless will take it. They're on Sheriday Ave. and Swan St.

Try Food Pantries of the Capital District.
32 Essex St, Albany, NY 12206
(518) 458-1167

They supply the 53 food pantries in the Capital region.

Concerned for the Hungry will take your turkey for their meal distribution this weekend. concernedforthehungry.org

CoNSERNS-U, a food pantry of Catholic Charities helping all people in need, would be happy to share your turkey with a family in need. They're located at 50 Herrick St. across from the train station in Rensselaer. 512-3577.

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