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San Francisco and Marin Food Banks short 1,737 Turkeys

November 16, 2012
Expecting to provide 3,300 turkeys to social service agencies this holiday, the Food Bank is only halfway towards its goal of providing a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to those in need.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Nov. 15, 2012) – It’s just not Thanksgiving dinner without the turkey, and the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks are short 1,737 birds this year.
 
The Food Bank was expected to provide 3,300 turkeys to social service agencies including the Salvation Army, Walden House, Grace Cathedral and the St. Vincent de Paul’s Dining Room in Marin, who in turn cook Thanksgiving meals for the hungry. 
 
But Food Bank Executive Director Paul Ash says the organization is only halfway to its goal with Thanksgiving just around the corner. 
 
“If we don’t make up these turkeys through donations, thousands of meal clients in San Francisco and Marin will not be able to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner,” Ash says. “We are calling on the community to step in and help us make up the gap.”
 

How to Help

Community members can donate money to the food bank or drop off turkeys to the Food Bank’s San Francisco and Marin locations.
 
Cash Donations: For every $1 donated, the food bank can distribute $6 worth of food. To donate online, visit www.sffoodbank.org/ .
 
San Francisco: Turkey donations will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the San Francisco food bank warehouse, 900 Pennsylvania Avenue.
 
Marin: Turkey donations will be accepted from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Marin food bank warehouse, 75 Digital Drive, Novato.
 

Providing Holiday Meals to the Community 

The Food Bank is the largest holiday meal provider in San Francisco and Marin. This Thanksgiving, the Food Bank will distribute more than 1 million pounds of food to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy a warm holiday meal. The Food Bank provides food to 450 partners in San Francisco and Marin, including social service agencies who cook meals for the hungry and a network of 230 food pantries, where participants select groceries to cook at home.  
 
The Food Bank will provide agencies with poultry, vegetables, grains and other fixings so they can cook large-scale Thanksgiving meals for their clients.
 
The Food Bank’s pantry participants will be able to select from a variety of items including poultry, yams, winter squash, onions, rice, and dessert to aid in preparing their home-cooked Thanksgiving meals. This year the food bank will provide more than 35,000 households with everything they need to prepare Thanksgiving meals in their own homes.
 

Scale of Holiday Operations

The Food Banks’ grocery list is getting larger and larger to meet the need. In addition to whole chickens, cranberry sauce, baked goods and other holiday fixings, the organization will deliver:  
 
76,000 Pounds of yams

116,000 Pounds of potatoes
42,000 Pounds of carrots
31,000 Pounds of cabbage
37,000 Pounds of bell peppers
80,000 Pounds of onions
40,000 Pounds of squash
20,000 Pounds of celery
42,000 Pounds of apples
26,000 Pounds of pears
 

About the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks

Hunger is a serious problem in our community – with one in four children and adults at risk of hunger in San Francisco and Marin. Every day, the Food Bank sources, collects, sorts, inspects and repackages thousands of pounds of food, then distributes it to soup kitchens, neighborhood pantries, school programs and seniors in need.
 
The Food Bank serves more than 225,000 people each year throughout San Francisco and Marin counties, and will distribute more than 45 million pounds of food to the community this year alone – enough for more than 100,000 meals every day. Nearly 60 percent of what is distributed is fresh fruits and vegetables.