Alameda Food Bank gives turkeys to families
Volunteers with Wind River, Clif Bar and the Alameda Fire Department helped the Alameda Food Bank hand out more than 500 turkeys and Thanksgiving fixings to needy local families on Tuesday.
The giveaway included a turkey, stuffing and gravy, and about 2,500 pounds of fresh vegetables – celery, carrots and squash – at their West Ranger Avenue warehouse.
“You really get a head start on your meal,” the food bank’s executive director, Paul Russell, said.
Four years ago, the food bank only gave away turkeys, Russell said. This year, he said the food bank was set to give away more food on a single day than it ever had before.
The food bank has collected more than 800 of the 1,000 turkeys it hoped to gather for local families this holiday season, in part thanks to the help of a local blogger who organized a turkey drive last week.
Local scouts also pitched in too, collecting 12 tons of food off residents’ porches as part of their Scouting for Food drive.
“We want to make sure people get at least one special holiday meal,” he said.
In addition to the food bank giveaway, Christ Episcopal Church is serving Thanksgiving meal. The church is at 1700 Santa Clara Avenue, and the meal is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s free and open to the public.
Also, Alameda’s firefighters did a turkey giveaway on Thursday.
For more information about the food bank and how you can help, check out their website or call 523-5850.