Bayview families to receive free turkeys for the holidays

Hundreds of Bayview district families who might otherwise not have access to a holiday feast will be treated to a turkey this season courtesy of the San Francisco Department of Public Health and various community organizations.

The Olivet Missionary Baptist Church will distribute more than 400 turkeys with all the fixings to families on Monday. Turkeys have been donated by Glide Memorial.

It’s estimated that nearly 40 percent of Bayview residents are food insecure, meaning they are unable to afford healthy food. Such a condition is a risk factor for chronic disease and poor health outcomes, according to the health department.

“Lack of food, or food insecurity, is a significant problem for this community and in many low income communities in San Francisco,” Barbara Garcia, director of the health department, said in a statement. “We are finding that our own patients have ongoing issues with hunger and food security.”

Monday’s event begins at noon at Olivet Missionary Baptist Church at 1667 Revere Ave. Recipients of the turkeys have been determined in advance.

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