Jamey Padojino/Bay City NewsGlide Memorial Church in the Tenderloin received 44 turkeys from AAA on Tuesday.

Tenderloin church receives turkey donations for Thanksgiving

The City’s Glide Memorial Church received a delivery of 44 turkeys Tuesday morning that were donated by AAA and will be prepared as part of Thanksgiving meals for the needy.

The Rev. Cecil Williams stood in front of the church, located at 330 Ellis St. in the Tenderloin, to receive the turkeys. He said Glide plans to serve 5,000 full meals to families and individuals on Thanksgiving.

The meal will also include ham, sweet potatoes, vegetables, gravy, stuffing, pie, ice cream and a drink, he said.

Glide also provides a to-go bag on Thanksgiving containing food that Williams said will help get people through that evening and the next day.

“This year we’ve had less donations and more people to feed,” Williams said.

Glide needs about 500 volunteers to prepare Thanksgiving meals, the reverend said.

Siobhan McFeeney, chief operating officer for AAA in Northern California, Nevada and Utah, said the agency has donated turkeys to Glide for 17 years and her AAA region plans to deliver 10 tons of turkeys to 80 nonprofits this holiday season.

More information on how to volunteer or donate to Glide can be found online at www.glide.org.

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