Why some L.A. food banks are handing out Thanksgiving chickens this year

Some Los Angeles food banks are so hard up this holiday season that they’re handing out Thanksgiving chickens instead of turkeys because of an economic crunch that is expected to continue straight through Christmas and into the new year.

Kenny Jones, director of People for Community Improvement, said he had no choice but to make the poultry swap at the nonprofit’s food bank in Willowbrook in the face of rising inflation and increased need since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

“We did a chicken pass-out last Thursday because we couldn’t afford the turkeys,” he said earlier this week. “We’ve seen more people come out this year, and we’ve just got to get more donations and help. … Everything has gone up — the food, the gas, the utilities, the insurance.”

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