Thanksgiving giveaway at San Jose’s Sacred Heart sees increased demand, extends to five days
SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) – The Sacred Heart Community Service’s annual Harvest Festival begins earlier this year than ever.
The San Jose giveaway usually starts on the Monday of Thanksgiving Week, but starts Thursday to meet demand and give people more opportunities to buy much-needed groceries for social distancing.
For so many, these food donations mean everything.
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“I have been laid off and it is difficult to get unemployment right now,” said John Finister. “It’s a good complement to good food when you don’t have one.”
His story is like that of many others – they are struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic. They are grateful for such food distribution campaigns.
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“This year we struggled a bit with the pandemic. I only work part-time,” said Rose Segale I can’t work that much. “
The Sacred Heart Community Service now assumes that 4,400 food boxes will be handed out this year, 500 more than last year.
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“We know people are hurt right now and that people really need that kind of support to get through this difficult time,” Demone Carter told Sacred Heart.
Each person who shows up is given $ 100 worth of groceries suitable for a Thanksgiving Day: turkey, canned food, and all of the ingredients.
Distribution times for food 2020:
Address: 1381 S 1st, San Jose
The Sacred Heart Community Service is still looking for money and time donations. Click here to make a financial contribution or volunteer and help distribute food
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