On Monday, November 25th close to 2,400 people will be lined up and down the street of the Emergency Food Bank in Stockton California hoping to receive a Thanksgiving Food Box just in time for the holiday season. But at the moment, the Emergency Food Bank will only be able to supply 850 families with a nutritious Thanksgiving Day meal.
With the Emergency Food Bank short of approximately 1,600 turkeys, the food bank is hoping that the community will respond with “a sense of urgency” and donate turkeys to distribute to those families in need in Stockton and San Joaquin County.
“If you are able, when you’re picking up a turkey for your family, pick up a turkey for another family and make sure that they also have that as the centerpiece for their meal,” said Mary Lucero, CEO of the Emergency Food Bank. “So many people talk about the importance of this one day. If people are having trouble, if they lost their job, if they have medical problems and they’re not able to work right now, for just one day, they can put that aside, and enjoy a great meal around the table with their family, it’s important.”
The annual one day event scheduled for November 25th, sees people lined up and down the street starting at 5am. It takes the help of over 200 community volunteers to help distribute all the meals. How can you help?
- You can drop off turkeys to the Emergency Food Bank at 7 West Scotts Avenue.
- You can purchase a turkey during the San Joaquin RTD Stuff the Bus Event November 22-24 at Food 4 Less Lower Sacramento in Stockton, Spreckels Avenue in Manteca, the Mar Val Food Stores on McHenry Avenue in Modesto and Rancho San Miguel Market in Stockton.
- You can contact the Emergency Food Bank at 209.464.7369 and donate any amount of money with your credit card.