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OKLAHOMA CITY – As you get ready for Thanksgiving this week, you’re probably noticing the meal and all that comes with it isn’t cheap.

The turkey and all that goes with it is nearly $50, up half a percent from last year, according to the American Farm Bureau.

That price puts pressure on hundreds of Oklahoma City families who lined up at the Impact Hunger Food Resource Center for their Thanksgiving food giveaway. 

“I hadn’t planned on eating anything for Thanksgiving to be honest,” Linda Beatty said. “It was just going to be another day for me. Now, at least I can eat and thank God I got something.”

The center gave 2,100 people vouchers to shop for a meal that feeds four to six people.

What they don’t take will be given to those who didn’t get a ticket Wednesday night. 

With 2,500 turkeys and all the other groceries, more than 10,000 meals will be made with the Food Resource Center’s donations.

City Rescue Mission President Tom Jones said handing out loads of food takes a load off of working families. 

“Sometimes we forget there are people working, trying to make a living but living so close to their paycheck they can’t have a nice Thanksgiving meal,” Jones said.

The Food Resource Center on 831 California Ave. is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.