It’s Time to Donate Turkeys


second-harvest-food-bank-turkey-donations-thanksgiving-holiday-givingBuying a turkey this weekend for your Thanksgiving table? Pick up one or two more frozen birds to donate to local charities, and while you’re at it, consider buying canned hams, canned soup and other nutritious nonperishable foods to help feed the more than 780,000 children and adults in the San Francisco Bay Area estimated to face hunger on a consistent basis.

Nonprofit organizations throughout the Bay Area are putting out the call for turkeys not only for Thanksgiving, but other holiday meals. On Friday, Nov. 21, officials from Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties announced they were only a little over halfway to their goal of collecting 13,000 turkeys.

Below is a list of agencies collecting turkey and other foods this holiday season. Did we miss one? Tell us in the comments section below.

Bay Area Food Banks

Find the food bank near you by visiting The website represents seven food banks serving 11 Northern California counties. All the food banks are in need of frozen turkeys and other holiday meal staples.

Your donation could even win you a pair of tickets to see the 49ers play the Seattle Seahawks on Thanksgiving Day if you donate frozen turkeys or chickens to Second Harvest by Monday, Nov. 24. 


Ecumenical Hunger Program

Needs: Turkeys, hams, and chickens

Drop-off Location: 2411 Pulgas Ave., East Palo Alto, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, through Dec. 22.


South Bay

CityTeam International

Needs: Frozen turkeys and canned nonperishable food items

Drop-off Location: CityTeam Family Service Center, 1297 N. 13th St., San Jose, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.


Loaves and Fishes Family Kitchen

Needs: Frozen turkeys, 5 lb. canned hams, new, unopened bottled salad dressings

Drop-off Locations: Call the agency at 408-998-1500


Martha’s Kitchen

Needs: Frozen turkeys, 5 lb. canned hams

Drop-off Location: 311 Willow St., San Jose, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Closed Thanksgiving weekend and Dec. 24-Jan. 1.


Sacred Heart Community Service

Needs: Frozen turkeys, pop-top canned food

Drop-off Location: 1381 S. First St., San Jose, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fridays, and 9 a.m. to noon, Saturdays.