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Alamedans Pitch In at Thanksgiving

Many thanks to the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and community members who pitched in for the canned food drive benefiting the Alameda County Food Bank.

Near Park Street and Lincoln Avenue, for instance, Nathaniel Basco and his sister Graciela Basco loaded up bags of donated items as the rain came down on Saturday morning, November 20.

At the Alameda Food Bank, more than 600 turkeys have been collected for the holiday. But requests for about 170 turkeys and hams for Christmas still need to be filled.

To see what other items are most in demand during the holidays and other ways to support the Alameda Food Bank, go to the organization’s website.

And have a great Thanksgiving!

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Join the Haunted Food Drive!

For trick-or-treaters looking to experience an encounter with a very special Halloween spirit, Alameda resident Lois Baptiste has “the” spot in town: the Alameda Food Bank barrel at 908 Lincoln Avenue, between Wood and Ninth streets.

This is a critical time for many families on the Island, and Baptiste will reward generous trick-or-treaters who stop by from 4 to 8 p.m. with some special goodies.

The food bank says these items are most needed: cans of beef stew, fruit, chili with beef, tuna and corn, as well as one-pound bags of rice.

Other drop-off points include the Alameda Free Library Main Branch, Alameda Marketplace, Bank of Alameda on Park Street, and Color Me Mine at Alameda Town Centre.

The Alameda Food Bank gives food to low-income Alamedans throughout the year and says it is “woefully short” on turkeys for Thanksgiving. To donate a turkey, call 510-523-5850.

And thanks to all the ghosts and goblins who donate on Halloween and during the holidays.