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Alameda Food Bank Launches Turkey Drive

The Alameda Food Bank has started its annual turkey drive. (Google Street View)

The Alameda Food Bank has started its annual turkey drive. (Google Street View)

The Alameda Food Bank has launched its annual Thanksgiving turkey drive. The bank is also seeing increased traffic due to federal food stamp cutbacks.

Troy Gilbert, Executive Director for the food bank, announced this week that the agency will accept frozen turkeys at the food bank distribution center at 1900 Thau Way on any Monday, Wednesday, or Friday between 9:30 a.m. to 4:30pm or Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. beginning immediately through November 25, 2013.

The turkeys will be distributed to clients on Tuesday, November 26th, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the food bank’s Alameda Point warehouse.

Gilbert also released a letter to the editor to local publications, wherein he wrote that November 2nd, “was the first day of extensive cutbacks to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), popularly known as ‘food stamps.’ As you may know, November 1 was the expiration of additional SNAP allocations under President Obama’s 2008 stimulus efforts. More than 4 million Californians will be affected, losing the equivalent of approximately 26 individual meals per month. As anticipated, our numbers were up. We served nearly 280 folks when our average for a CFS [Client Food Selection] program this time of year is more like 250.”

The bank’s food selection program allows clients to pick the foods they want to take home, which eliminates waste.

Gilbert notes that the food bank serves Alameda clients nearly to capacity today, and is concerned that further federal cuts will create even more demand for the Alameda food bank.

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