TUCKAHOE, N.Y. Charlene T. Lambrecht is a woman is search of a few good turkeys. Well, more than a few.
Lambrecht is the area director of the Eastchester Community Action Program and part of the services to the community is the distribution of food to hundreds of residents of Eastchester, Tuckahoe and Bronxville.
Lambrecht has a list of more than 250 homes that are hoping she will deliver the makings for a Thanksgiving Day dinner. The pantry does have some applesauce, canned vegetables and cake mixes to make corn bread, but there are no turkeys in the freezer.
"I was kind of hoping we could get the baskets ready for at least the seniors this week and then we can distribute to the rest of our families next Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving," Lambrecht said. "I remain prayerful and hopeful that we are going to get a lot of stuff from the wonderful people in the community who always fill our pantry, but it just hasn't gotten here yet."
With only two distribution days left before the holiday, delivery time for the food is coming down to the wire. Turkeys are not the only thing Lambrecht is hoping for, she also hopes for fresh fruit and vegetables.
"Last year someone donated a bushel of yams, and everyone loved it," she said.
Lambrecht said she usually hands out roasters or turkey breasts to the senior citizens, who make up 60 percent of her clients in need of food.
"Their income stays the same," Lambrecht said. "They have to buy medicine and if they want to have a phone or watch even a few channels on television, it all adds up."
Families with children, make up the rest of the clients and Lambrecht tries to add special treats in the baskets for the kids.
Lambrecht has seen an increase in the number of families who need help from the pantry and a decrease in the amount of donations.
"Times are tough and people can barely afford to take care of themselves," she said. "We have many people who are earning less money than ever and coming here and getting some food allows them to pay a different bill."
Lambrecht is not worried about having too much food if many people drop off turkeys and other items.
"Everyone who wants to is welcome to drop off food," she said. "We feed people all year round."
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