Volunteers turn out for holiday meal distribution at Twin Lakes Food Bank in FolsomBy: Laura Newell, Features Editor
FOLSOM, CA - Approximately 900 people came to receive turkeys at Folsom’s Twin Lakes Food Bank at the 16th annual Turkey on the Table event.
The turkey drive on Monday at Twin Lakes Food Bank, located at 327 Montrose Drive in Folsom, provided families in need with a frozen turkey, a pie and a bag filled with all the trimmings.
“The Twin Lakes Food Bank Turkey on the Table event is so successful because it’s an event that’s 100-percent community sponsored,” said Tammy Thompson, Twin Lakes Food Bank director. “It’s neighbors helping neighbors. We have businesses, grocery stores, churches and civic groups coming together with one common goal — putting food on the table for families in need and for families similar to our neighbors, experiencing some tough times and just need a hand up to make it through the holiday season.”
Kody Madore, 11, of Folsom, came out to volunteer at the local giveaway.
“It’s good to volunteer and help out in our community,” Madore said. “I also volunteer here every summer.”
Kylee Long, 11, of Folsom, also came to help.
“I came out to volunteer today because I like helping people,” Long said.
Thompson said after only a couple hours into the event, the food bank had already served 300 families.
“The line of people is longer than I’ve ever seen it,” Thompson said. “A lot of the people who came here today are people that I’ve never seen before. People are just in need this year more than ever.”
She said the event is only made possible by the many community volunteers who come out to help.
Jeannette Bradley, of Folsom, helped deliver turkeys at the event.
“The Thanksgiving meal is a time to bring family and people together, so this is a way to help give families in need an opportunity to come together for the holiday,” Bradley said.
For more information on Twin Lakes Food Bank and how to help, call (916) 985-6232 or visit TwinLakesFoodBank.org.