With your help, the Alameda Food Bank reached its goal of collecting more than 500 turkeys to distribute to needy Alameda families for their Thanksgiving tables. Executive Director Hank Leeper said the count as of Tuesday evening was 654 turkeys, though that "is not a final number."
The Alameda Food Bank is still seeking a few hundred more turkeys and hams in order to fill the holiday tables of 1,000 local families this holiday season, Leeper said.
"Turkeys will continue to trickle in throughout the holidays and we hope that the final count will be between 900 and 1,000," he said. "That will give us the ability to give one turkey to each of our client families during the holiday season."
In addition to turkeys, the food bank, which helps feed thousands of Alameda families each year, is seeking hams and all the holiday trimmings – a list that includes boxed stuffing mix, canned black olives, canned gravy, cake mix, corn bread muffin mix, instant potatoes, canned yams and condensed milk.
The food bank is open from noon to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, and on the second and third Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s closed for Thanksgiving and on the Friday after, as well as on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Businesses or groups interested in making large donations can call to arrange to have them picked up.
The food bank is at 1900 Thau Way, and its phone number is 523-5850. More information on the food bank, including information on how to contribute, is available on its website.