Thanksgiving is about a week away, and not everybody will be able to afford to buy all the fixings they need for a holiday meal. Thankfully (pun intended!) there’s a number of ways you can help community members in need have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) 5th Annual Turkey Drive
Friday, November 16, 4:30am – 7:00pm
SFFBS Oak Park facility – 3333 Third Ave (near 34th & Broadway)
Please drop off a frozen turkey or packaged side dishes on November 16 to help us serve families in need. Last year, residents donated 8,023 turkeys to this worthy cause. Please help us provide the ingredients for a holiday meal for thousands of local families. Volunteers from Papa Murphy’s, Wells Fargo and Save Mart will be on hand to thank donors and unload turkeys. Can’t make it down to SFBFS to drop off a turkey? Text SACFOOD to 20222 to make a $10 donation. For more information, visit

Women’s Empowerment Thanksgiving Fixins Food Drive

Now until Friday, November 16
Women’s Empowerment offices, 1400 North C St.

Donate non-perishable food items to Women’s Empowerment for the Thanksgiving Fixins Food Drive and help provide a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal for a formerly homeless woman and her family. Women’s Empowerment will be collecting the following non-perishable food items: mashed potatoes , stuffing, pasta, canned yams, gravy, canned soup, cranberry sauce, heat and serve rolls, canned vegetables, pumpkin pie filling. We are also collecting durable paper and plastic bags and $10 grocery store gift cards. For more information, contact Kate at 916-669-2307 or through email at

McWilson Friends & Family Network 16th Annual TUrkey Drive
November 16: Menlo Park McNeil Family Clubhouse, 401 Pierce Road, Menlo Park
November 17: Verdese Carter Rec Center, Oakland P.A.L., 9600 Sunnyside St, Oakland
November 20: Tri-Valley Haven Community Building, 3663 Pacific Ave, Livermore, CA
This annual event has distributed 16,784 donated turkeys over the past 15 years. For more information, visit

Volunteers of America Greater Sacramento & Northern Nevada 10th Annual Turkey Drive
Now until Sunday, November 18, 7am-6pm
700 North Fifth Street, Sacramento or 3587 Bleckely Street, Mather
Now through November 18, we are accepting donations of: turkeys, fresh or frozen; stuffi­ng mix; potatoes; cranberry sauce; canned gravy; rolls; vegetables, frozen/canned; other holiday recipe ingredients. Or donate online by clicking here.

Elk Grove Food Bank
Now until Monday, November 19, 9am-2pm
Elk Grove Food Bank, 9820 Dino Dr., Elk Grove
The Elk Grove Food Bank expects to help provide Thanksgiving dinner for 800 families and needs donations, according to an article on the Elk Grove Patch. Residents are asked to donate frozen turkeys, chickens or non-perishable side dishes. For more information, visit

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services’ Turkey Distribution
Monday, November 19, 8:00am until turkeys run out (likely late afternoon or early evening)
SFFBS Oak Park facility – 3333 Third Ave (near 34th & Broadway)
A turkey and all of the wonderful Thanksgiving trimmings will be distributed to families in need starting at 8:00am. For Thanksgiving, SFBFS would like to see every family celebrate the holiday together with a meal. Several thousand families are expected to arrive for this one-day distribution.Volunteers from PG&E will be on hand to help distribute items. Families may not line up prior to 7am. Recipients are encouraged to arrive after noon as the line will be moving swiftly by then and a much
shorter wait time will occur. This is a one day only distribution. SFBFS does not provide a hot meal on Thanksgiving Day.


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