Metropolis of Oakland | Metropolis of Oakland Hosts 30th Annual Thanksgiving …

Release Date: November 18, 2021 at 10:44 am
Last update: November 18, 2021 at 10:49 am

Oakland, CA – On Tuesday, November 23rd, the 30th annual Community Day of Thanks Dinner hosted by the Human Services Department of the City of Oakland, will look a little different due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The 30th Community Day of Thanks Dinner is part of the city’s hunger program, founded in 1985 during the tenure of Mayor Lionel J. Wilson. With the support of donors and volunteers, the city typically provides thousands of low-income families, seniors, and the homeless with hearty Thanksgiving meals in a communal, festive atmosphere. This year, however, the celebration will look a little different in response to the global health pandemic:

  • New The event will be mobile with a limited number of meals available for pickup from the Marriott in Downtown Oakland.
  • More meals – This year the city will provide 3,500 meals to Oakland residents, an increase from 2,000 meals in previous years.
  • Volunteers – The Marriott will act as the food preparation and distribution staging area, with volunteers handing out food on-site and delivering it to pantries across the city.

Photo opportunities:

  • Oakland City Center, 1001 Broadway, downtown Oakland

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Expected to be 400 guests; The Oakland Library will also be there.

  • Southwest end of Lake Merritt

12 o’clock

The distribution team will be walking around the southwest end of the lake distributing meals using hand-drawn carts.

  • Project Outreach / East Oakland Food Pantry, 1360 107th Avenue E.

12 o’clock

Operated by Martha Paul, a founding member of the city’s hunger program, which has been part of Thanksgiving Dinner / Community Day of Thanks since it began 30 years ago

A list of distribution locations and times can be found on page 2 of the attached flyer.

“We are grateful to the many volunteers who have generously donated their time and resources to this wonderful event,” said Sara Bedford, Head of Human Resources. “The pandemic has created enormous isolation and food insecurity. This day brings us – for sure – together to share a holiday dinner and remember the strength and joy of coming together as a community. “

The city thanks the Oakland Marathon T-shirt donations for this year’s food shopping bag. As a thank you for all donations, the city asks for donations to support the food preparation. A US $ 26 donation will provide a meal for one guest and US $ 104 for a family of four. Donations are tax deductible. Please make your checks payable to the Oakland City Hunger Program, and email to:

Oakland City Hunger Program, Attn: Talia Rubin

150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 4340, Oakland, CA 94612

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