A nonprofit that bills itself as the largest food pantry in Northern California says it’s short by about 2,000 turkeys this holiday season.
Sacred Heart Community Service in San Jose begins feeding holiday meals to those in need on Monday.
Spokeswoman Morgan Wordes said the agency hopes to provide 4,200 families with a holiday food box. But as of Monday, the nonprofit needed nearly 1,700 more turkeys. Many people had donated turkeys over the weekend though, closing a previously wider gap.
"We have a lot of faith in the community," she said.
She added that many people make the wrong assumptions about who can't afford food. "I've seen the faces of mothers who can't provide enough for their families. They work Saturdays. They work two and three jobs. And they still are not able to cut it."
Those interested in helping can visit the Sacred Heart site sacredheartcs.org/holidays/, arrange a food drive through their faith community, company or service organization, or bring turkeys to the agency on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Sacred Heart Community Service is located at 1381 S. First Street in San Jose.