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Turkeys Needed in Town

By Janet Levaux
Thursday, November 19th, 2009 at 8:40 am in Uncategorized.

The community is in need, according to the hard-working folks at the Alameda Food Bank. Fortunately, folks like members of the Alameda Soccer Hooligans have responded.

They collected more than 20 frozen turkeys and other food items on Sunday, November 15, and they plan to keep collecting.

Over the past two years, demand at the Alameda Food Bank has grown from about 3,000 individuals to 5,000 today. And the bad economy means that as people run out of unemployment benefits, the need for food will continue to rise.

But there’s something you can do – pitch in.  If you can stop by a department store, pick up a frozen turkey and some canned goods.  Then head over to the food bank, which is at 1900 Thau Way, off Eagle Avenue, on the West End.

On Tuesday, November 17, for instance, Lucky Supermarket on Marina Village Parkway had frozen turkeys for about $25 each. They also had bags of non-perishable items for $10 and $20.

When this blogger bought a couple birds, the Lucky staff gave me a gift card to say thanks.

That’s the spirit!

The best times to drop food off are between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, November 20 or Monday, November 23; from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, November 21; and from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24.

Paul Russell, director of the food bank, says donations are much appreciated after Thanksgiving, too.

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  • Anne Mania

    I tried to buy ten turkeys for the foodbank at Safeway after collecting money from my neighbors. The Safeway manager said I could not buy more than two and said that I had to buy $20 worth of groceries to even get the two. I told them the turkeys were for the Alameda Food Bank and asked them to make an exception and the manager said he would not/could not do it. Arrrgh.