Area donors have helped supply nonprofits with food to be distributed this Thanksgiving season.
Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services will pass out more than 15,000 turkeys and Thanksgiving sides to area families in the next week, thanks to a record amount of donations from community members and businesses.
Those in need can line up at the nonprofit’s headquarters from 8 a.m. until about noon Monday at 3333 Third Ave. parking lot, where 4,000 turkeys and sides will be given to Sacramento County residents. Recipients must bring an ID card or proof of address, and are recommended to bring a cart or bags to carry their dishes.
Another 11,449 turkeys and side bundles will be distributed directly to those in need through the food bank’s partner agencies such as food pantries and local shelters between Saturday and Thanksgiving.
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Sides include mashed potatoes, stuffing, rice, beans, canned vegetables, soup, gravy, pasta, sauce and fruit. Call 211 Sacramento for a list of area-specific days and times for local meal distributions.
The food bank received enough donations to eclipse last year’s high of 14,837 dinners and more than double the amount sent out in 2013.
Assemblyman Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, is giving out 2,200 turkeys starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday with a network of co-sponsors including Sacramento Unified School District, California Highway Patrol and Grocery Outlet Bargain Market. Others at Cooper’s event at Luther Burbank High School will give out complimentary medical and dental screenings, eye exam vouchers, flu shots and haircuts.
Elk Grove Food Bank Services has collected 1,500 turkeys and more than $25,000 in donations, 94 percent of which the nonprofit said will go toward feeding community members. They’ll give out turkeys and holiday food boxes from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Elk Grove City Hall, 8400 Laguna Palms Way.
Sacramento Loaves & Fishes still seeks pies and uncooked turkeys for the 1,000 homeless people they plan to feed at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Donors are asked to to bring fresh or frozen birds to 1351 N. C St. between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday and Monday, or until 3 p.m. this weekend.
Four days ahead of its big meal, Loaves & Fishes has only half the turkeys needed to feed their expected audience, development director Justin Wandro said. If the nonprofit can’t fill its order, Wandro said they’d have to pull money from other services, such as daily lunches.
“For a lot of our guests, this can be a very difficult holiday because they often have no family, no home and traditional Thanksgiving feast that most of us get to (experience),” Wandro said. “We’re definitely short right now for this year, so we’re hoping for more donations today and over the next few days.”
Free Thanksgiving dinners
▪ Salvation Army Center of Hope Shelter, 1200 N. B St., Sacramento: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.
▪ Loaves & Fishes, 1351 N. C St., Sacramento: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.
▪ Union Gospel Mission, 400 Bannon St., Sacramento: 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Attendees must attend chapel at 7:30 p.m.
▪ Shiloh Baptist Church, 3565 Ninth Ave., Sacramento: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, or until all meals have been served. Coats will be distributed from 10 a.m. onward on a first-come, first-served basis.
▪ Saint Paul Church of God in Christ, 2771 Grove Ave., Sacramento: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, or until all meals have been served. Coats will be distributed from 10 a.m. onward on a first-come, first-served basis.
▪ St. John Vianney Conference Food Locker, 10497 Cordova Road, Rancho Cordova: Baskets available from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday on a first-come, first-served basis. Recipients must show proof of residence in Sacramento County.
▪ Cordova Neighborhood Church, 10600 Cordova Road, Rancho Cordova: 5 to 6 p.m. Friday.