Close to 340,000 New Jersey children face hunger every day, according to a statement from the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

To make sure food-insecure people across the state have what they need to share in a holiday meal, the foodbank has been acquiring thousands of turkeys since the spring and is gathering even more at the 16th annual Turkey Drive this weekend.

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FoodBank staff and volunteers will collect frozen turkeys and all the fixings at four dozen sites across the state Saturday and Sunday.

Last year, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey gathered donations of nearly 35,000 pounds of food and more than 4,300 turkeys.

The FoodBank’s most-wanted items include frozen turkeys and hams, canned vegetables, gravy, cranberry sauce and stuffing.

The FoodBank, a member of Feeding America, distributed more than 43 million pounds of food last year to its more than 1,000 partner charities including pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, mobile pantries and child and senior feeding programs.

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