PORT TOWNSEND — Grey Wolf Ranch residents helped unload 350 turkeys, donated by Arrow Lumber & Hardware, at the Port Townsend Food Bank in preparation for Thanksgiving.
This is the eighth consecutive year that Arrow Lumber has donated turkeys to the Port Townsend Food Bank.
Arrow Lumber owner Barney Wagner, provides donations like this is every town with an Arrow Lumber location — including Port Townsend, Eatonville, Buckley, Port Orchard, Orting and Randle, said Shirley Moss, the coordinator for the Port Townsend food bank.
“From what I understand he is a man of great faith,” Moss said.
Around 11:30 a.m. Monday, an Arrow Hardware truck pulled up to the food bank at Mountain View Commons, 1925 Blaine St., with 350 turkeys. Three Grey Wolf residents — Dan McAndrews, Anthony Lewis and Isaac Bricker — helped food bank volunteers move the turkeys.
“This is like my favorite service work, at the food bank,” said Lewis, who was snacking on doughnuts and coffee after stacking the last of the 350 turkeys. “Help out, get a workout and get a little food.”
The turkeys will be passed out on Wednesday to local families. The food bank will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. , providing turkeys, stuffing, traditional sides and dessert and even a vegetarian loaf for Thanksgiving meals.
“We always have the busiest day of the year when we give out turkeys,” Moss said.
Moss said the Food Bank served over 400 families last year and more are expected this year.
“Every single year we’ve see more than the year before so there’s nothing telling me it won’t be the same this year,” Moss said.
The food bank expects to have roughly 6,000 pounds of food to hand out on Wednesday.
Aside from the turkeys from Arrow Lumber, the Port Townsend Safeway dropped off 600 pounds of produce on Sunday and Monday mornings to be distributed on Wednesday.
The Port Townsend food bank is 100 percent volunteer-run, according to Moss.
The food bank, which has been operating for six years out of Mountain View Commons, is up to about 90 consistent volunteers.