By Niesha Lofing
Thanksgiving is just a week away, but Volunteers of America's Central Kitchen in Sacramento is lacking in one very big ingredient for the meals it serves to the hungry: turkeys.
Only 53 turkeys have been donated so far this year. The program usually cooks or distributes about 175 turkeys for Thanksgiving to the organization's emergency shelter, transitional housing and affordable-living senior facilities, according to a news release from Volunteers of America Greater Sacramento & Northern Nevada. Another 125 turkeys are needed for Christmas holiday meals.
"A traditional turkey dinner for Thanksgiving and Christmas is a treat for our clients, and looked forward to with great anticipation," Eric Nichols, the central kitchen program director stated in the release. "Maybe it reminds them of family, or just of a better time in their lives; but for whatever reason, I know they are truly thankful for the sacrifices made to bring it to them."
Community donations of fresh and frozen turkey are being accepted from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day through Nov. 25 at the central kitchen facility, located at 700 North Fifth St., Sacramento and its Mather Community Campus kitchen, 3587 Bleckely St., Mather.
Supporters also may donate money toward the campaign online at www.volunteersofamerica-sac.org, at either of the kitchens or by mail to Volunteers of America administration office, 1900 Point West Way., Suite 270, Sacramento, CA 95815.