Elk Grove residents are again being asked to help hungry neighbors this holiday season.
The Elk Grove Food Bank Services said it expects to help provide Thanksgiving dinner for 800 families.
“In times of uncertainty, helping families come together for Thanksgiving has never been so important,” a press release quoted Executive Director Marie Jachino as saying.
Residents can donate frozen turkeys, chickens or non-perishable side dishes between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. from Nov. 5 to Nov. 19 at the food bank, 9820 Dino Dr.
Elk Grove City Council Member Sophia Scherman collects frozen turkeys each year to help with the drive, and this year will be accepting donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 17 in the parking lot of City Hall, 8401 Laguna Palms Way.
"The need is even greater this year than ever before," Scherman wrote on Facebook, noting that 400 turkeys were donating last year. "Remember that these turkeys collected are distributed to our families in Elk Grove and we receive nothing from the Sacramento Food Bank Turkey Drive that you see on TV."
The food bank is also receiving help this year from the Bruceville Road Trader Joe's, which is donating its excess produce, bread and meat seven days a week, according to another press release.
“Volunteers and staff watch with smiles on their faces as clients are overjoyed after receiving a bouquet of flowers, which is also among the daily donated items.” the press release quoted Jachino as saying.