Here’s how much turkey it takes to feed the heroes who can’t come home this week

· November 20, 2018  
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American troops stationed around the world will spend their Thanksgiving Day away from their loved ones. Turns out it takes a lot of chow to give our heroes abroad the holiday dinners they deserve.

According to a report at CNBC, the Pentagon has delivered over 300,000 pounds of traditional Thanksgiving food to personnel stationed in places like the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, as well as those currently at the southern U.S. border.

According to the report, the list of food shipped includes:

  • 9,738 whole turkeys
  • 51,234 pounds of roasted turkey
  • 74,036 pounds of beef
  • 21,758 pounds of ham
  • 67,860 pounds of shrimp
  • 16,284 pounds of sweet potatoes
  • 81,360 pies
  • 19,284 cakes
  • 7,836 gallons of eggnog

That’s a lot of food, and the sheer volume serves to remind us just how many of our fellow Americans are currently giving up quality time and annual traditions with their famies in the course of their service.

This year, as you take inventory of all the things you have to be thankful for, don’t forget those who sacrifice to keep this country safe and secure.


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Author: Nate Madden

Nate Madden is CRTV’s congressional correspondent. Follow him @NateMaddenCRTV or send tips to [email protected].