Letter to the Editor: Turkey distribution a success

Letter to the Editor: Turkey distribution a success

Letters to the Editor

The Alameda Food Bank's annual turkey distribution on November 26 was a smashing success. The food bank was able to distribute turkeys, fresh produce, and stuffing to over 435 needy Alamedans.

Due to the overwhelming generosity of our community, over 800 turkeys were donated to the event, in addition to vegetables and non-perishable items. The food bank will therefore continue to give turkeys to needy families for holiday celebrations through the end of December.

Needy Alamedans drove, took buses, walked and rode bicycles to get to the food bank warehouse at Alameda Point in order to be able to prepare a better Thanksgiving meal for their families this year. Volunteers were able to help Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish speakers as well as people with mild to significant disabilities. The warm weather helped neighbors chat and sing together as they stood in the long line as volunteers worked as quickly as they could to provide needed supplies.

The turkey distribution is truly a community event. Many thanks go to the Alameda Fire Department, who volunteered the entire day and brought a generous donation of Peet's coffee for clients; volunteer groups from Wind River and Clif Bar; Bowzer's Pizza, which generously supplied 15 pizzas for volunteers; and many other individuals who helped. Students from NEA Community Learning Center supplied hand-decorated bags for participants.

Frozen turkeys and financial donations were generously given by the Bank of Alameda/Bank of Marin, Habanas and Linguini's restaurants, Indian Princesses, the Italian American League, Edison and many other local schools, and hundreds of members of the community who contributed turkeys over the past two weeks.

We have lots of photos on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/alamedafoodbank.

For more information, contact Troy Gilbert, executive director, Alameda Food Bank, 523-5850 or director@alamedafoodbank.org.

Troy Gilbert
Executive Director
Alameda Food Bank