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Second Harvest Food Bank Needs Turkeys so Families Can Enjoy Traditional Holiday Meal

Monetary Donations Will Help to Feed Hungry Neighbors All Year Long

SAN JOSE, Calif., November 13, 2014– Thanksgiving will be here soon and for many families, that means a turkey dinner. Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties needs turkeys so the local pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters that depend on Second Harvest for food can provide their clients with a traditional holiday meal. This year's goal is 13,000 turkeys and Second Harvest still needs more than 6,500 turkeys.

Turkeys can be dropped off at Second Harvest Food Bank's Curtner Center in San Jose (750 Curtner Avenue) and Bing Center in San Carlos (1051 Bing Street). The Food Bank has extended its dock hours to make donating easier. Turkeys should not be placed in the food collection barrels located throughout the community.

"Turkey is a traditional holiday meal for many local families, so we are depending on the community to help us meet our turkey goal," said Kathy Jackson, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank. "We also need monetary donations to help feed our hungry neighbors all year long. Nearly 250,000 people rely on Second Harvest for food every month, and 100,000 of them are kids."

On November 24, San Francisco 49ers starting safety Antoine Bethea will be at Second Harvest's Curtner Center from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to sign autographs and take photos with anyone dropping off a turkey or a financial donation.

In addition, anyone who donates a turkey or chicken is eligible to enter a drawing for the chance to win two tickets to the San Francisco 49ers versus Seattle Seahawks football game on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, at Levi's Stadium in in Santa Clara. The drawing ends at 8 p.m. on November 22.

The Food Bank launched its Holiday Food and Fund Drive last month with a goal of raising $15 million and 2 million pounds of food. This is a critical drive because Second Harvest raises nearly half its annual revenues during the holiday season.

Second Harvest Food Bank partners with more than 330 nonprofit agencies to provide food at more than 770 sites throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, including pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. Second Harvest is one of only a few food banks in the nation that does not charge its partners for the food it provides. Last year, the Food Bank distributed more than 55 million pounds of food to the community. More than half the food Second Harvest provides is fresh produce. Last year Second Harvest distributed nearly 30 million pounds of produce – more than any other food bank in the United States. Dock Hours in November

Second Harvest's Curtner Center dock in San Jose is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week; from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 15; from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 22; and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 23.

Second Harvest's Bing Center dock in San Carlos is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 15, and Saturday, November 22. The week of November 24 through 28, the dock will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information about holiday dock hours or to make a donation, visit www.SHFB.org or call (866) 234-3663. Anyone who needs food should call Second Harvest's Food Connection hotline at (800) 984-3663.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is the trusted leader dedicated to ending local hunger. Since its inception in 1974, Second Harvest has become one of the largest food banks in the nation, providing food to one quarter of a million people each month. The Food Bank mobilizes individuals, companies and community partners to connect people to the nutritious food they need. More than half of the food distributed is fresh produce. Second Harvest also plays a leading role in promoting federal nutrition programs and educating families on how to make healthier food choices. Visit www.SHFB.org to get involved.