STOCKTON – The Emergency Food Bank of Stockton-San Joaquin is short a few turkeys for this Thanksgiving and is putting to out a call for donations.
The organization, which runs nutrition classes and a pantry that feeds 4,000 San Joaquin County hungry each month, is looking for 2,000 turkeys to feed as many as 8,000 to 16,000 people this Thanksgiving.
“We will give away a box filled with your traditional Thanksgiving food items on Monday, Nov.19,” said Yvonne Derby, the Emergency Food Bank’s resource and development manager. “We will fill the boxes the week prior.”
It’s not just turkeys the pantry is looking for this year.
“We ask for all items you would see on a holiday table such as turkey, stuffing mix, boxed mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pie filling mix,” said Derby, “and then we also will give out what we have in terms of fresh produce and bread products.”
Anyone who lives in San Joaquin County is eligible to receive a box as long as they have valid identification.
“Folks are allowed to come within the month of November for their regular monthly groceries and in addition they can also stand in line on Nov. 19 if they choose to receive an additional box of holiday items,” said Derby.
The organization will hand out a similar basket of food just before Christmas.
Beside the pantry, the Emergency Food Bank of Stockton-San Joaquin offers a Mobile Farmers Market and it partners with other agencies and local pantries to serve 2,000 or more San Joaquin County residents.
Visit the Emergency Food Bank or call 209-464-7369 for more information about the agency and how to donate to the cause. The agency is located at 7 W. Scotts Ave. in Stockton. The office hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Pantry hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Scroll down to download a PDF of the Emergency Food Bank’s flier.