FREE turkeys: VA, Dayton VFW post to give away turkeys to veterans

Dayton VA giveaway begins at 3 pm Thursday

Credit: David Zalubowski

Credit: David Zalubowski

Veterans and others, take heed. There are a lot of Thanksgiving dinner turkeys out there that need good homes.

Today, the Dayton VA, Dayton Foodbank and Montgomery County Veterans Service Commission are teaming up to give away hundreds of turkeys and other food for side dishes.

The event is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the Dayton VA campus.

Any veteran or spouse of a deceased veteran may receive a turkey, the Foodbank said. Veterans are required to have an honorable DD214. Veterans who served for training and did not complete an active duty commitment are not eligible for veteran benefits.

Guard and Reserve must have been activated to have veteran status.

It’s a drive-thru event and those coming on campus for the giveaway should come through the South Gettysburg Avenue entrance and follow the signs.

It is first come, first served, the Dayton VA said.

And on Sunday: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9936, located at 1720 E. Third Street, Dayton, will be distributing 200 turkeys to veterans.

The event will start at noon on Sunday, Nov. 21.

Proof of one’s status as a veteran will be required, the post said.

Those looking to put a turkey on the table this Thanksgiving could see significantly higher prices than in years past, the Dayton Daily News recently reported.

Wholesale prices for frozen turkeys average $1.23 per pound this year, up 14% from $1.07 in 2020 and a staggering 37% from 89 cents a pound in 2019, according to a World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates projection. Prices are closer now to what they were in 2016 when they averaged $1.17 per pound.

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