Alameda Food Bank faces holiday turkey shortage

Alameda Food Bank faces holiday turkey shortage

Michele Ellson

The Alameda Food Bank needs your help putting holiday meals on the tables of 1,000 Alameda families.

The food bank kicked off a turkey drive on October 27, with a goal of collecting 1,000 turkeys for needy Alameda families. But as of Friday, the food bank had collected just 50 frozen turkeys. They’ve got just one more week to meet their goal.

“I'm looking forward to receiving the many turkeys we are generously gifted every year from Alamedans,” food bank director Troy Gilbert said. “Although it has been a little slow so far this year, Alamedans always rise to the occasion for us.”

At least one group has challenged its members to help. John-Michael Kyono, who moderates the popular Alameda Peeps Facebook page, called on its members to contribute.

“Call me crazy but I think we can knock out the Alameda Food Bank Turkey short fall,” Kyono wrote. “We have 3000 members and I'm hoping that at least a third are willing to donate a bird.”

The Alameda Food Bank, which serves Island families exclusively, assists one in 13 Alameda households. Thirty percent of its clients are children, and another 10 percent are seniors.

In addition to turkeys, the food bank is seeking boxed stuffing mix, canned black olives, canned gravy, cake mix, corn bread muffin mix, instant potatoes, canned yams and condensed milk. The food is needed for Thanksgiving and Christmas meal bags to be distributed on November 25.

Donations can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays through November 24 at the food bank, which is at 1900 Thau Way (Constitution Way at Atlantic Avenue). Businesses seeking to make large contributions can call the food bank at 523-5850 to arrange to have them picked up.

The food bank is also taking cash contributions, which can be mailed, to P.O. Box 2167, Alameda, Calif., 94501; or made online on the food bank’s website.