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San Francisco and Marin Food Banks Short 1,800 Turkeys

November 5, 2013
To Make a Donation

If you would like to drop off a turkey, you can take them directly to our Marin or San Francisco warehouse.
Marin site: 75 Digital Drive, Novato, CA 94949
San Francisco site: 900 Pennsylvania Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94107
Make a monetary donation online

MEDIA CONTACT: Blain Johnson

(415) 282-1907 x270 (office), (512) 487-2583 (cell)

It’s just not Thanksgiving dinner without the turkey, and the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks are short 1,800 birds this year.

The Food Bank is committed to providing 2,500 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.

“The demand just exceeded the budget this year. More than 170 social service agencies in San Francisco and Marin rely on us to provide them with turkeys for their hot meal programs. We don’t want to let them down,” Ash says. “We’re asking the community to help us make up the shortage by donating a turkey or making a monetary donation to the Food Bank.”

Providing Holiday Meals to the Community
The Food Bank is the largest provider of food for holiday meals 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 240 food pantries, where participants select groceries to cook at home.  

The Food Bank will provide agencies with turkeys, 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 32,000 households with everything they need to prepare Thanksgiving meals in their own homes.

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. Donate online.

San Francisco turkeys: Turkey donations are welcomed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday through Thanksgiving, at the San Francisco warehouse, 900 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Marin turkeys: Turkey donations are welcomed from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday through Thanksgiving, at the Marin warehouse, 75 Digital Drive, Novato.

Ash says the sooner the Food Bank receives donations, the better.

“We will accept turkeys up until Thanksgiving, but it takes a while for a large bird to thaw, so many meal sites will be picking up their turkeys as early as mid-November,” Ash says. “We would love to see turkeys as early as today. We have a big industrial freezer just waiting to house them until our partners are ready to prepare the feasts.” 

About the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks
The Food Bank plays a central role in the food assistance network in San Francisco and Marin, where one in four residents is at risk of hunger. Families, seniors and individuals find critical support in the food the Food Bank delivers to its 450 partnering organizations, including 240 weekly grocery pantries. Each week, the Food Bank’s programs serve more than 147,000 people.

The pantry network is the cornerstone of the Food Bank’s distribution system. Set up farmer’s market-style, volunteers help households select groceries that can be used to create home-cooked meals. Nearly 60 percent of what is distributed is fresh fruits and vegetables.

The Food Bank will distribute more than 46 million pounds of food to the community this year alone – enough for more than 105,000 meals every day.

Media kit: www.sffoodbank.org/media-kit