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San Francisco Giants Donate $10,000 for Food Bank Turkey Purchase

November 20, 2012

Donation enough to buy 1,000 turkeys, make-up the turkey shortage 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Nov. 20, 2012) – World Series champs the San Francisco Giants are doing good deeds on and off the field.
 
After hearing of a turkey shortage at the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks, Giants management offered to donate as much money as it would take to purchase the remaining 1,000 turkeys the Food Bank was lacking.
 
Giants Manager Bruce Bochy and CEO Larry Baer will present Food Bank Executive Director Paul Ash with a check for $10,000 at the 2012 World Series Film Premier at the Castro Theatre tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 20. 
 
“This is such a generous donation and one that comes at a high time of need,” Ash says.   
 
The San Francisco and Marin Food Banks put out a call for more turkeys on Thursday, Nov.15, and the community responded in overwhelming fashion, donating more than 700 turkeys over the weekend. On Monday, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee donated 100 turkeys.
 
“The combined efforts of the Giants, the mayor and hundreds of concerned individuals have filled the turkey gap,” Ash says. “Through the generosity of the community, we will now be able to meet the increased demand for turkeys this year. Now we can concentrate on coming up with the food we'll need to get people through the winter.”
 
Approximately 3,300 turkeys were needed to supply organizations such as the Salvation Army, Walden House, Grace Cathedral and the St. Vincent de Paul’s Dining Room in Marin, who cook Thanksgiving meals for the hungry.
 

Monetary Donations Still Needed for the Holidays

Though the turkey crisis is over, the need for funding to feed the hungry in San Francisco and Marin is ongoing. The Food Bank relies on individual and corporate giving to make up more than 70 percent of its budget. 
 
During the holidays, the organization expects to acquire more than half of the funding it needs to operate year round, but this year, donations have been soft.
 
“We are not hitting the numbers we were projecting,” Ash says. “The elections have been at the top of people’s minds, and we are hoping that now, heading into the holidays, people will start turning their attention to their neighbors in need.” 
   
Ash says that for every $1 donated, the Food Bank is able to distribute $6 worth of food. “Because of the scale of our operations, our bulk purchasing power and volunteer resources, we can stretch every donated dollar further than the average person would be able to at the supermarket,” Ash explained.
 
To make a monetary donation to the Food Bank, visit www.sffoodbank.org.
 

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 that 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.
 

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.