With the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases and another round of shut downs looming, Second Harvest knew the holiday giving season was going to look very different than in years past. Gone would be the lively food drives we had come to depend on to help us meet the need. The need this year was higher than anything we had seen, so we had to find a way to not only raise the funds, but to also find the turkeys necessary to feed the community. Our generous community partners and community at large did not let us down. Instead, they showed up to ensure the need was met and did so in the safest ways possible. It may have looked and felt different, but the giving hearts of those that support our mission was out in full force.
Foster Farms kicked off our busy turkey season by donating a total of 1,000 turkeys! The generosity did not stop there either. Many of our regular turkey drive participants still held smaller events, and asked for monetary donations through virtual links that we set up. “We were not sure what this year would hold for us, we knew we would have to purchase turkeys and luckily we had money set aside for that. But, the outpouring of support was truly incredible,” said Director of Development, Jessica Vaughan. “It was amazing to see how people were getting together to collect the donations.”
Through a robust partnership with Crossroads Grace Community Church, Second Harvest was able to host two separate holiday food distributions. Crossroads provided the advertising and volunteers to host the events, both of which provided food to over 250 families, including turkeys and other holiday offerings. “As a church we are always looking for ways that we can help in our community and a food distribution at Second Harvest seemed like the easiest and safest way to reach that goal.”
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