The 38th annual Operation Gobbler fundraiser and food drive will feed hundreds of people in Pasadena this Thanksgiving. 

The Pasadena Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) and Friends in Deed on Sunday, Nov. 20, offering free thanksgiving themed meals to Pasadena locals.

Students can contact Friends in Deed for information on signing up and on whether or not they qualify for the thanksgiving meal, according to the executive vice president and secretary of the Jaycees Justine Gray. 

The food that will be distributed by the group will consist of turkeys, pies and dinner rolls. The availability of turkeys from the Gobbler event is limited and recipients are required to register beforehand, according to Tim Nistler, the director of the food pantry at Friends in Deed. 

Friends in Deed also distributes food Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well as Thursday from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. to anyone in need. Registration is required to receive this food as well.

“To get registered, we require that identification be brought for each person to be registered in a family, some form of documentation with current address, and proof of low-income status,” Nistler said. “If a person does not have one, or more, of these requirements, that should not stop them from coming to get food. We will meet with each person and make sure they can get food that day.”

The goal of the event is to get 300 turkeys to families for thanksgiving. The organization is asking the community for donations in order to make the event possible, and there are different tiers for monetary donations that people can make. 

“A $30 ‘No Small Sweet Potatoes’ donation supports one family, a $120 ‘Pumpkin Pie in the Sky’ donation supports four families, and a $300 ‘Big Turkey’ donation supports ten families,” Gray stated in the press release.

The Jaycees are responsible for the collection and distribution of the food, according to Gray. Currently they are accepting donations through their website.

Friends in Deed works with the community in Pasadena and the Los Angeles Regional Food bank to feed families in need of grocery assistance, addressing the homeless crisis through support programs that prevent homelessness and aid to those who are currently unhoused. 

The Jaycees provide volunteer opportunities for people between the ages of 21 and 40. The Gobbler event has filled all of the volunteer opportunities but students and staff can contact the organization for future volunteer opportunities. 

This story has been updated.



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