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Yelena Demchik - December 2013
On Monday, November 25, 2013 Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) hosted the 6th annual Turkey Distribution, sponsored by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). Thousands of Sacramento families visited the Oak Park facility in hopes of receiving a free turkey and two bags of Thanksgiving side dishes, plus a reusable tote bag! The turkeys distributed at this year’s distribution came from the generous donation of community neighbors during our one-day drive on Friday, November 22, 2013.
SFBFS’ Turkey Distribution is made possible by the donations at the SFBFS and KCRA Turkey Drive, sponsored by Save Mart Supermarkets, Wells Fargo Bank and Papa Murphy’s. This year’s drive was the most successful yet with 7,458 turkeys donated – including 202 Tofurkeys!
Starting at 8am, an average of 1,100 families received a holiday meal each hour. The procedure mirrored SFBFS’ efficient, food distributions. Guests were greeted with respect and served with dignity. Spirits of those going through the distribution line were kept lively with music and the positive attitudes of many volunteers.
After participating in last year’s event, Yelena Demchik arrived at SFBFS’ Turkey Distribution at 11am knowing that the line would already be moving and her young children and baby wouldn’t have to wait too long.
As a mom of eight children, she has been attending classes in the Parent Education program, taking part in a variety of educational classes since coming to the United States. Her children enjoy attending Play Care Academy while she attends Parent Education classes. “They all look forward to story time in Play Care Academy,” she said.
“My husband works full-time and I stay at home with our eight children, so I am grateful to the Parent Education and Food programs for helping our family,” Yelena says, “Getting the turkey and side dishes from SFBFS made our holiday special.”
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