Need a turkey? Sacramento area food banks give away meal kits

With a 7.7% inflation rate, a Thanksgiving meal will cost an average of $64 this 2022. For many families, this means cutting back on certain items or reaching out to food banks for assistance. Since the peak of COVID-19, food banks continue to see increased demand and a corresponding increase in food insecurity.Several food banks in the area are increasing to distribute meal kits to families by the hundreds. This time last year, River City Food Bank was serving about 20,000 people per month. This year, that number is 30,000, and thousands of those seeking food assistance services are refugees from Afghanistan, Ukraine and Russia.”Roughly half of those at our Arden Arcade location are children, but we’re serving a lot of families – many of whom have never needed a food bank before,” said Amanda McCarthy, executive director at River City Food Bank. The River City Food Bank’s distribution will take place at 1800 28th St. in midtown Sacramento from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm will also be distributed and unhoused residents will be prioritized to purchase their own meals.The San Joaquin County Food Bank also increased its turkey dinner boxes up to 2,000. Officials tell KCRA that they usually assist between 150 and 200 vehicles a day, but last week, they averaged 400 vehicles daily.The dinner boxes include turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, mac & cheese, and a side of vegetables and you can pick it up at the San Joaquín County Fairgrounds at 1658 S Airport Way in Stockton from 8 am to 1 pmProof of residence will be required for the drive-thru dinner pickup.But food banks are not the only ones helping families. Peter Levi Plumbing in Solano County is bringing their 10 lb turkeys to 500 families for their 10th year.”You can’t call yourself a community company if you’re not invested in the community,” Excedus Marshall said.Distribution is set to take place tomorrow at 6 pm at Orchard Avenue Baptist Church located 301 N Orchard Ave. in Vacaville on a first-come-first-serve basis. No proof of residence is required.

With a 7.7% inflation rate, a Thanksgiving meal will cost an average of $64 this 2022.

For many families, this means cutting back on certain items or reaching out to food banks for assistance. Since the peak of COVID-19, food banks continue to see increased demand and a corresponding increase in food insecurity.

Several food banks in the area are increasing to distribute meal kits to families by the hundreds.

This time last year, River City Food Bank was serving about 20,000 people per month. This year, that number is 30,000, and thousands of those seeking food assistance services are refugees from Afghanistan, Ukraine and Russia.

“Roughly helped of those at our Arden Arcade location are children, but we’re serving a lot of families – many of whom have never needed a food bank before,” said Amanda McCarthy, executive director at River City Food Bank.

The River City Food Bank’s distribution will take place at 1800 28th St. in midtown Sacramento from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

Gift cards will also be distributed and unhoused residents will be prioritized to purchase their own meals.

The San Joaquin County Food Bank also increased its turkey dinner boxes up to 2,000. Officials tell KCRA that they usually assist between 150 and 200 vehicles a day, but last week, they averaged 400 vehicles daily.

The dinner boxes include turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, mac & cheese, and a side of vegetables and you can pick it up at the San Joaquín County Fairgrounds at 1658 S Airport Way in Stockton from 8 am to 1 pm

Proof of residence will be required for the drive-thru dinner pickup.

But food banks are not the only ones helping families. Peter Levi Plumbing in Solano County is bringing their 10 lb turkeys to 500 families for their 10th year.

“You can’t call yourself a community company if you’re not invested in the community,” Excedus Marshall said.

Distribution is set to take place tomorrow at 6 pm at Orchard Avenue Baptist Church located 301 N Orchard Ave. in Vacaville on a first-come-first-serve basis. No proof of residence is required.

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