Foster Farms turkey donations to provide 140,000 holiday meals
November 6, 2017
• Food banks report high demand for protein, increased need for donations following California wildfires
• “We have a responsibility to step forward”
As communities throughout Northern California recover from multiple wildfires, Foster Farms on Monday began delivering more than ten truckloads of holiday turkey to food banks and community groups in California, Oregon and Washington.
In total, Foster Farms says it will donate 126,000 pounds of turkey this holiday season, enough to serve more than 140,000 individual meals.
While the holiday donations are an annual tradition for Foster Farms, this season the Livingston-based family-owned company says it is making a special effort to help its neighbors displaced by the Northern California wildfires with a donation of $100,000 and 40,000 pounds of poultry products to Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa.
Millions of West Coast families are affected by food insecurity. In California and the Pacific Northwest, more than one in eight households do not have enough to eat. Food banks cite protein as one of the most-needed foods.
"Foster Farms has become the company it is today because of the loyalty of millions of West Coast families. We recognize that in times of adversity, we have a responsibility to step forward and return that support in kind," says Foster Farms CEO Laura Flanagan.
Food banks and hunger relief organizations in the Central Valley benefiting from Foster Farms' donations this year include the Second Harvest Food Bank serving San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties, the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services and United Samaritans Foundation in Turlock.
In December, Foster Farms plans to continue its hunger relief efforts as the title sponsor of the Foster Farms Bowl, partnering with Bay Area food banks to raise awareness of local hunger needs. Foster Farms Bowl donations will include thousands of pounds of chicken to San Francisco charities GLIDE and St. Anthony's for Christmas meals, and for every Foster Farms Bowl ticket purchased, one meal will be donated to local hunger relief organizations. Tickets for the game, which will be played on December 27 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, are available at www.FosterFarmsBowl.com.