FAIRFIELD - Local food pantries are asking for turkey donations with Thanksgiving just around the corner.

The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County says it only has about 200 turkeys so far, but estimates it collected about 2,000 this time last year. The organization claims it needs around 15,000 turkeys for less fortunate families for this year?s holiday.

Executive director Kate Lombardo says the rising need for donations is attributed to middle-class families who have not needed help in the past.