You’re probably reading over your favorite family recipes and putting together a Thanksgiving shopping list this week. Well, how would you like to have this list?
80,000 Pounds of yams
100,000 Pounds of potatoes
80,000 Pounds of apples
30,000 Pounds of carrots
35,000 Pounds of cabbage
70,000 Pounds of onions
20,000 Pounds of lettuce
40,000 Pounds of celery
36,720 Cans of cranberry sauce
35,000 Pounds of rice
143,012 Cans of green beans, corn and peas
36,000 Packets of gravy mix
6,400 Bottles of Asian sauce
13,000 Loaves of bread
32,000 Bags of pumpkin spice cookie mix
3,000 Pounds of chocolates
You guessed it – these are all the Thanksgiving groceries our Food Resources department has been working to gather for distribution to families in need.
Just imagine three semi trailers of potatoes pulling up to your house. That’s how many we’ll be delivering for holiday meals. Not to mention a couple more truckloads full of yams!
Thanks to Del Monte, we have canned veggies stacked to the rafters, plus tons of fresh produce sourced through the Farm to Family program.
“I’m particularly excited that we’re able to offer people a holiday cookie mix this year,” Food Resources Manager John Curry explains. “Even though we had to pay to store it for several months, it was a great donation.”
While some holiday foods are donated, SF Food Bank has had to buy many others, including 34,000 chickens set to arrive in our warehouse over the course of four days. Each shipment will be turned around instantly and delivered to grocery pantries across San Francisco and Marin. These “just-in-time” deliveries, thanks to supplier Pacific Agri-Products, save us a bundle on cold-storage.
In addition to holiday classics like gravy mix (36,000 packets!) and cranberry sauce (36,720 cans just arrived!), we also try to offer culturally appropriate foods, including bottles of Asian oyster sauce.
This year, we’re targeting to provide Thanksgiving food to 35,705 families – more than a million pounds of food in all. If you’d like to help us with our massive shopping list, go here. As always, every $100 donation enables us to distribute $600 worth of food. And for that, we truly give thanks!