Only about a third of the 84 recipients are Oneonta residents, Farmer said. The rest come from a four-county region.
When Farmer began the program six years ago, he gave away 21 turkeys for Thanksgiving. The program has doubled several times since then.
When determining what to do with the money left over from the Thanksgiving turkey program, Farmer said he considered several options. He decided to expand the program instead of giving the leftover cash to another charity.
“The food banks are great, and I considered donating the leftover money to them,” Farmer said. “But then I thought, ‘What about giving a ham away from Christmas?’
“Hams are traditional at Christmas dinner. You can eat on a ham for a long time – and after it is gone, you can make soup. My mother always made soup from the ham bone.”