Mayor London Breed Leads Turkey Giveaway in Advance of Thanksgiving
City departments, the A. Phillip Randolph Institute, and community partners to distribute over 5,200 turkeys at public housing locations and non-profit organizations throughout the City
San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today will join City departments, the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI), and community partners to hand out turkeys to families at public housing sites and non-profit organizations in San Francisco as part of the 13th Annual Mayor’s Turkey Giveaway.
Mayor Breed will participate in four giveaway events for residents at Robert B. Pitts Apartments in the Western Addition, Ping Yuen Community Center in Chinatown, Alice Griffith Apartments in the Bayview, and the Visitacion Valley Center.
This Thanksgiving season, more than 5,200 frozen turkeys will be distributed across San Francisco at over 70 giveaway events. The turkeys are being provided by the City with the generous support of the A. Phillip Randolph Institute, Whole Foods, and Foster Farms.
“This time of year is one to be grateful for what we have, and to give back to our communities. This annual tradition brings the City and partner organizations together to share in the holiday spirit with those in need,” said Mayor Breed. “Thanks to the generous contributions of our donors, we’re able to grow this program to help even more families enjoy Thanksgiving and the holiday season together.”
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo will join Mayor Breed for today’s turkey giveaway events as part of September’s Battle for the Bay coastal cleanup wager. Mayor Breed will join Mayor Schaaf and Mayor Liccardo for future volunteer events in Oakland and San Jose. The three mayors will jointly host a press conference today at 1:00pm at Alice Griffith Housing Complex, 2600 Arelious Walker Drive.
City departments participating in the Thanksgiving turkey giveaway events include the San Francisco Police Department, San Francisco Department of Public Works, the San Francisco Housing Authority, HOPE SF, the San Francisco Fire Department, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development.
“We are proud to work with the Mayor’s Office and our partner agencies to help make the holidays happier for San Francisco families,” said San Francisco Police Chief William Scott. “In the spirit of the season of giving, let us all remember to reach out to those in need to provide relief and assistance.”
The A. Phillip Randolph Institute (APRI), a local nonprofit organization, identifies families in need and helps to distribute the turkeys. The turkeys are handed out to families at public housing sites in San Francisco in time for Thanksgiving.
“The holidays are a time to reflect on what we are thankful for and a perfect time to share compassion with our neighbors,” said Jackie Flin, Executive Director of APRI. “We want our community to know that we care about them, not just by our words, but also through our actions. It is an incredible privilege to serve the residents of San Francisco, and we look forward to continuing to making a difference in our community.”
“As a family-owned company, we feel a responsibility—especially at this time of year—to contribute to our local communities,” said Ira Brill, Vice President of Communications at Foster Farms. “Foster Farms is proud to donate again to Mayor Breed’s turkey distribution event to help provide the comfort of a Thanksgiving meal to thousands of San Francisco families in need.”
“At Whole Foods, we are proud to support the communities that we serve. Our partnership with the Mayor’s Turkey Giveaway to feed needy families during the holiday season is a reflection of our values and our commitment to ensuring that all communities have access to affordable, healthy food,” said Omar Gaye, Whole Foods President of the Northern California Region.