Foster Farms Donates 12,000 Pounds of Thanksgiving Turkey

November 6, 2020

Foster Farms’ donations will feed an estimated 15,000 in the community amid a surge in demand for the Food Bank


WHO: San Francisco-Marin Food Bank and Foster Farms
WHAT: With Thanksgiving around the corner, San Francisco-Marin Food Bank is receiving a donation delivery of more than 12,000 pounds of Thanksgiving turkey from Foster Farms (that’s more than 1,000 turkeys – 6 tons). The turkeys will be distributed in the coming weeks to help feed 15,000 in the Bay Area this Thanksgiving. Representatives from the food bank will be on hand to speak to the area’s level of food insecurity and surge in demand resulting from COVID-19. Earlier in the pandemic, Foster Farms donated to San Francisco-Marin Food Bank enough chicken to feed more than182,000 individuals in need.
WHEN: Monday, November 9, 2020, 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: SF-Marin Food Bank900 Pennsylvania AvenueSan Francisco, CA 94107
  • Foster Farms semi-truck delivering more than 12,000 pounds of turkey – 1,000 whole turkeys. That is six tons or enough to serve more than 15,000·
  • Forklifts transporting cases of turkey donations into San Francisco-Marin Food Bank·
  • Food bank warehouse display of holiday meal ingredients to be distributed to local families·
  • Oversized check presented to San Francisco-Marin Food Bank·
  • Interview opportunities with San Francisco-Marin Food Bank Services representatives and Foster Farms
WHY: Thanksgiving is a time for families to gather around a meal, yet pre-pandemic one in five people living in San Francisco and Marin were food insecure, now the need is even greater. Statewide, one in eight adults and one in five children, struggle with food insecurity despite the fact that the state produces nearly half of America’s fruits and vegetables. The Food Bank is calling on others to join Foster Farms and contribute turkeys, food, monetary donations, and support to help Bay Area families in need.



Family-owned Foster Farms is stepping up its COVID-19 hunger relief efforts, increasing its number of donated Thanksgiving turkeys by close to 60 percent over last year to help meet the staggering need for food assistance. The 96,000 pounds of donated turkey will help feed more than 120,000 individuals struggling with food insecurity. The Thanksgiving turkey donations are an annual tradition that Foster Farms began in 2008. In the coming days, Foster Farms will deliver the turkeys to West Coast food banks from San Diego to Seattle. Earlier in the pandemic, the company donated more than three million servings of poultry to food banks in California, Oregon, Washington, Alabama, and Louisiana.


About San Francisco-Marin Food Bank

San Francisco-Marin Food Bank’s mission is to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin. Before the pandemic, one in five neighbors was at risk of hunger. We envision a community where everyone is able to obtain enough nutritious food in a dignified manner to support the health and well-being of themselves and their families. We address hunger head on: from our pantry network and home-delivered groceries to our nutrition-education classes and food-stamp enrollment, we work in many ways to nourish and empower neighbors in need. Every week, 60,000 households count on us for food assistance. Nearly 60 percent of what we distribute is fresh fruits and vegetables. Learn more at

About Foster Farms         

Since 1939, West Coast families have depended on Foster Farms for premium quality chicken and turkey products. Family-owned and operated, the company continues its legacy of excellence and commitment to quality established by its founders, Max and Verda Foster. Foster Farms specializes in fresh, all-natural chicken and turkey products free of preservatives, additives, or injected sodium enhancers. Based in California’s Central Valley, with ranches also in the Pacific Northwest, the company’s fresh chicken and turkey are produced in or near each region served. Foster Farms also produces delicious pre-marinated, ready-to-cook and fully cooked products that meet the quality and convenience needs of today’s home cooks, retailers, warehouse clubs and foodservice customers. The company’s commitment to excellence, honesty, quality, service and people is a source of great pride, and, a longtime family tradition.

Food safety is Foster Farms’ highest priority and the company would like to remind consumers to always follow safe handling, preparation and storage guidelines for the preparation of fresh poultry products. All fresh poultry products should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit as measured by a meat thermometer to ensure safety. Visit to learn more

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