Thanksgiving Goal: Turkey @ Every Table


van diver shadowThanksgiving is already underway in many Washington area homes thanks to generous donations.

This year’s Capital Area Food Bank campaign once again aims to put Turkey @ Every Table for seniors wanting to celebrate Thanksgiving with a traditional meal.

Already, more than 200 cash donations have come in, inching us closer to our goal of helping out 4,000 seniors this Thanksgiving.

“I’m happy! Because I do get low on food sometimes. Although it’s just me [at home], I still get low,” says Lydia Van Diver, 57.

The DC grandmother is one of 3,500 seniors who appreciate being helped by the Senior Brown Bag program, where low-income seniors 55 and older are given a bag of healthy food once a month.

Seniors automatically qualify for the program if they are enrolled in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Food Stamp (SNAP) or Medicaid programs.

The Capital Area Food Bank distributed more than 614,000 pounds of food to seniors in need last year.

Van Diver also enjoys the flyer that is delivered with the turkey breast that contains healthy low-cost recipes along with nutritional and senior-related information – and says she’ll be using the healthy turkey recipe.

“Something as simple as a Thanksgiving meal truly made a difference in the lives of our seniors last year, and we are extremely grateful for the generous donations of turkeys received from the Capital Area Food Bank,” said Maria Gomez, Mary’s Center President and CEO.

“The turkey donations gave our seniors several nutritious meals and an opportunity to socialize with others, which is essential for those who live alone.”

Money raised during the month of November through the Turkey @ Every Table campaign helps seniors eat a healthy Thanksgiving meal with family and friends.



14 Responses to “Thanksgiving Goal: Turkey @ Every Table”

  1. avatar Donna Jones

    Can you please tell me about delivering Thanksgiving food to seniors on Thanksgiving Day? What are your needs? Thanks.

  2. avatar leah lutchman

    myself and my family are willing to donate our time on Thanksgiving day to deliver food to the community.
    it there any opportunity to do so?

  3. avatar leah lutchman

    myself and my family are willing to donate our time on Thanksgiving day to deliver food to the community.
    it there any opportunity to do so?

  4. avatar Capital Area Food Bank

    Thanks for your interest!

    Although our offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, our goal is to distribute turkey to every low-income senior in the region who is looking to cook a hearty turkey dinner. Your donations help ensure that our goal will be met, and that all seniors will have a healthy Thanksgiving meal.

    Your dedication is appreciated — together we can solve hunger.

  5. avatar Christopher

    I have two turkeys to donate where can I drop them off?

  6. avatar Kati

    Can my family be drivers for this next week? We would love to volunteer on Wednesday if you have anything! Please contact us. Thanks!!

  7. avatar Capital Area Food Bank

    Hi Christopher,

    Thanks for offering up the turkeys… Please contact Oye Mack, Manager of Food Donations… she can be reached at (202) 644-9867, and will be expecting your call! Thanks!

  8. avatar Mary Beth Williams

    My minivan and I are available to assist with delivery of turkeys to seniors Tuesday or Wednesday this week. Please let me know if and how I can help. Thank you for all you do!

  9. avatar Capital Area Food Bank

    Hi Mary Beth,

    Thanks so much for offering to volunteer your time! Please don’t hestitate to contact our volunteer coordinator at (202) 644-9841.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. avatar Danielle

    Hello, I work for AARP. I would like to get involved by delivering packages to seniors either Tuesday or Wednesday. And hopefully, we our organization can play a more larger role in helping you with this initiative. 🙂