Turkeys and Cash In High Demand by Food Banks, Agencies Helping the Poor


second-harvest-food-bank-turkey-donations-thanksgiving-holiday-givingThanksgiving is one week away and sadly local food banks and other agencies helping those in need are short of turkeys and money. Nonprofit officials are putting out the call to the public to donate generously as soon as possible.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Wednesday that the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks were short 800 turkeys, and The Alameda County Food Bank was still in need of 4,000 turkeys, hams and chickens. Also on Wednesday, Sacred Heart Community Services sent an email to supporters asking for 3,500 turkeys.

A “Turkey Tally” on the front page of the website for Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties showed the agency only about half way to its goal of collecting 12,000 turkeys, as of late Wednesday afternoon.

“Turkey is a traditional holiday meal for many local families, so we are depending on the community to help us meet our turkey goal,” said Kathy Jackson, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank, in a Nov. 19 press release. “We also need monetary donations to help feed our hungry neighbors long after the holidays are over. The food bank continues to face unprecedented need despite the improving economy. The number of people Second Harvest serves jumped 50 percent after the recession started and has continued to rise every year since.”

Jackson and her CEO counterpart in San Francisco, Paul Ash, both are quoted in the press as saying cash donations are down, as well. Ash told the Chronicle his agency is running about $1 million short of where they need to be at this time of year.

Making things worse this year is the recent cuts in government aid for both food and housing, which is reportedly hitting Bay Area low income and poor families extremely hard.

If you want to help bring some cheer to less fortunate neighbors this Thanksgiving and holiday season, consider donating frozen turkeys, nonperishable food, and/or cash to the charities listed below. Click on the links to donate online. If you’re dropping turkeys or food off, call ahead for hours.

San Francisco and Marin Food Banks: 900 Pennsylvania Ave., San Francisco; 415-282-1907.

Alameda County Food Bank: 7900 Edgewater Dr., Oakland; 510-635-3663.

St. Anthony Dining Room: 150 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco; 415-241-2600.

Glide Memorial United Methodist Church: 330 Ellis St., San Francisco; 415-674-6000.

Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano: 4010 Nelson Ave., Concord; 925-676-7543.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties: 750 Curtner Ave., San Jose, or 1051 Bing St., San Carlos; (866) 234-3663.

Sacred Heart Community Services: 1381 S. First St., San Jose; 408-278-2170.

Santa Maria Urban Ministry: 778 S. Almaden Ave., San Jose; 408-292-3314.

CityTeam Ministries: 1297 N. 13th St., San Jose; 408-293-4657.

Tri-City League of Volunteers: 8440 Central Ave., Suite A/B, Newark; 510-793-5683.

Project WeHOPE: East Palo Alto homeless shelter. Call 650-318-1165 if you’re interested in donating a turkey or ham for a Thanksgiving dinner taking place Nov. 26.