Sacramento food bank to begin turkey drive
Turkey day is approaching, and the food bank wants to make sure everyone has a bird.
The Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services is holding its annual turkey drive Friday. Donors can drop off a frozen turkey or packaged side dishes anytime between 4:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the food bank's Oak Park facility at 3333 Third Ave., near 34th and Broadway. Volunteers will be on hand to help unload.
If you can't make it to drop off a turkey, you can still help out with a $10 donation. Text SACFOOD to 20222 on your cell phone. The donation will be added to your cellphone bill.
People who need a turkey can get one from the food bank on Nov. 19 starting at 8 a.m. Don't delay, because supplies will likely run out by late afternoon or early evening.
Last year, donors gave 8,023 turkeys.
November is a busy month for the food bank. On Thanksgiving Day, the organization holds its annual Run to Feed the Hungry. Walking or running the 5K or 10K course has become a tradition for many Sacramento-area families.
This year, the food bank predicts that 28,000 people will sign up. You can register, volunteer or join a team at www. runtofeedthehungry.com. Mary Lynne VellingaIN THE NEWS
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Stay informed: Check www.sacbee.com for results.
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Info: www.cityofsacramento.org/ rebuildmckinley
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Info: www.cityofwestsacramento.org/city/depts/police/ default.asp
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Info: www.dgs.ca.gov/dgs/tabid/ 1480/Default.aspx
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