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Tough economy affects food bank's Thanksgiving efforts

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - It's that time again. Many are getting into the spirit of giving as the holiday season gets underway.

But some charitable organizations are scaling back this Thanksgiving.

The Mississippi Food Network is just one of the agencies affected by a tough economy.

For the first time ever, it won't be able to give away turkeys. It said the price of the meat has risen while the number of people it serves has nearly doubled since last year.

The agency will still give out boxes of staple foods, like canned vegetables and stuffing.

The Food Network provides food to charitable organizations throughout the state, so all those agencies are affected as well.

"It was a real hard decision for us," said Marilyn Blackledge, development director for the Mississippi Food Network. "And we talked about it, we looked at the figures, and we just really decided we had to do what was overall best for us."

Last year, organizers said the food bank gave away about 4,000 turkeys for Thanksgiving.

Blackledge said the organization's monetary donations are holding steady, but food donations from large corporations are down 25% this year.

The food bank currently serves 100,000 people, and said the number rises during the holiday season.

The organization asks that members of the public contact the food bank regarding food drives or donations.

For more information, call Blackledge at (601) 973-7086.

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