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Supply Center Provides Thanksgiving Meals to Troops Overseas

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 26, 2008 –

U.S. troops serving in the Middle East will dine on a traditional Thanksgiving meal tomorrow, thanks to the efforts of Defense Supply Center Philadelphia employees.

The supply center has sent thousands of pounds of food – including more than 120,000 pounds of whole turkeys and more than 170,000 pies -- to troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Dubai and Djibouti.

The center has sent the following items overseas for tomorrow’s meal:

  • Whole turkey: 121,108 pounds, worth $323,228.60;
  • Turkey breast meat: 109,780 pounds, worth $437,991.49;
  • Turkey thigh meat: 145,780 pounds, worth $361,852.66;
  • Ham: 95,826 pounds, worth $263,199.92;
  • Beef: 178,466 pounds, worth $1,139,970.37;
  • Shrimp: 131,359 pounds, worth $1,712,960.70;
  • Stuffing mix: 16,874 containers, worth $149,025.40;
  • Potatoes: 14,308 containers, worth $64,181.47;
  • Sweet potatoes, 56,104 cans, worth $137,584.15;
  • Cranberry sauce, 10,994 cans, worth $74,683.30;
  • Corn: 32,535 pounds, worth $155,874.42; and
  • Assorted pies: 179,810 individual pies, worth $1,451,491.36.

The center, part of the Defense Logistics Agency, annually supplies $13.4 billion worth of food, clothing and textiles, medicines, medical equipment, construction and equipment supplies and services to servicemembers and their families and other federal customers worldwide.

(From a Defense Logistics Agency news release.)

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