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Donated turkeys welcomed at Sacramento Food Bank

A West Sacramento man heads home to surprise his roommates with a frozen turkey and canned goods he received during the Sacramento Food Bank’s turkey give-away in 2011. The food bank is collecting donations of turkeys till 7 p.m. Friday.
A West Sacramento man heads home to surprise his roommates with a frozen turkey and canned goods he received during the Sacramento Food Bank’s turkey give-away in 2011. The food bank is collecting donations of turkeys till 7 p.m. Friday. mcrisostomo@sacbee.com

Volunteers are unloading thousands of donated turkeys at the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services.

Vans, cars and pickups were pulling up with donations of turkeys on Friday at the organization’s Oak Park headquarters.

Each year, food bank officials ask for as many turkeys they can get for a give-away of Thanksgiving vittles for the needy scheduled for Monday.

Food bank organizers hope for more than 7,000 turkeys again this year. Donations of turkeys to the food bank have increased through the years from 2,766 in 2008 to 7,458 last year.

Volunteers will be on hand to accept the turkeys from 4:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the food bank, 3333 Third Ave, which is near 34th Street and Broadway in Sacramento.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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