SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — As the holiday season approaches, the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank has begun asking residents to donate turkeys so they can reach the goal of making more than 10 million meals this year.
On Saturday morning, Central Valley-based poultry company Foster Farms donated 600 turkeys to organization’s San Francisco warehouse. The Food Bank says their donation is a significant boost for the organization but they are still in need of 1,400 more turkeys in order to reach the goal of 2,000 turkeys.
The turkeys will help the organization supply 70 of its partner agencies with traditional holiday meals on Thanksgiving Day and the rest of the holiday season, Food Bank officials said. Partner agencies include Compass Family Services, Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center and West Marin Senior Services.
“We feel a special kind of responsibility to provide turkeys at Thanksgiving, so that everyone in our community can enjoy a traditional holiday meal,” Food Bank Director Paul Ash said in a statement. “It’s coming down to crunch time for the Food Bank and we’re asking our generous community to help by donating food or funds.”
In addition to the traditional turkeys on Thanksgiving day, the Food Bank will distribute more than 32,000 whole chickens as well as sweet potatoes and other seasonal produce, rice, beverages and other holiday foods to its 250 food pantry network during Thanksgiving week.
To donate to the Food Bank or volunteer this holiday season, visit http://www.sfmfoodbank.org for more information.