BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — On Thanksgiving Day, The Mission at Kern County serves a hot meal to around 600 homeless residents.
With Thanksgiving two weeks away the Mission only has two turkeys in their freezer and a couple of canned goods on their shelves.
“Our shelves are bare. So, we have nothing to make with our meals right now,” said kitchen supervisor, Lavonne Jarrow.
With donations lacking The Mission is considering other alternatives.
“We are going to have to probably purchase those items if we don’t get donations in soon enough,” said volunteer coordinator, Jackie Eaborn.
Over the last year Kern county has seen a 50% increase in homelessness, according to Kern County Homeless Collaborative. As homelessness continues to rise the Mission is having trouble keeping up with the demand. Jarrow says she needs about 100 turkeys to feed everyone who needs that hot meal.
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