Turkeys needed for Thanksgiving and Christmas

November 21, 2012 by  

With Thanksgiving almost upon us, many food banks still need turkeys to provide Thanksgiving meals to the homeless and needy in Hayward.

The Second Harvest Food Bank was still short by 6,000 turkeys as of last week. If anyone would like to donate turkeys or other food supplies, they still can drop them off at the Bing Center in San Jose and the Curtner Center in San Jose.

Since 1974, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties has been providing food each month to nearly 250,000 people. In 2012, the food bank gave 45 million pounds of food to low income families. Volunteers contribute nearly 300,000 service hours, saving more than $5.9 million in personnel costs.

The food bank supplies food to more than 300 charitable organizations, including soup kitchens, pantries, shelters, children’s programs, residential programs, and senior meal locations. The work has made them one of the nation’s largest food banks.

In addition to food, Second Harvest promotes federal nutrition programs and works to educate families on making smarter and healthier food choices. It have three warehouses through which it distributes donated and purchased food to local charity organizations that then pass the food on to needy families in their local area.

In addition to providing non-perishable food items, the organization also distributes meat and dairy items and fresh produce. Making copies of check lists at a print company makes it easy to hand out flyers to potential donors so they know what to donate.