For more than 14 years, the annual Scouting for Food drive has helped the Tracy charity and food bank feed the needy during the Thanksgiving holiday — and the need for food this year is expected to grow, said Tracy Interfaith Director Darlene Quinn.
“It’s looking like there is more need this year,” Quinn said Monday, Nov. 12. “Last year, we gave out 400 baskets, but we’re already at 430 for this year.”
Scouts will knock on doors to collect nonperishable Thanksgiving meal items including cranberry sauce, stuffing, yams, potatoes and pumpkin pie along with canned vegetables.
Quinn said Tracy Interfaith also needs frozen turkeys.
Despite 137 turkeys from the Salvation Army and 10 Tracy Interfaith already had in stock, the food bank is 283 turkeys short of meeting the demand for baskets, and Quinn expects more people to sign up through Nov. 21, the final day for people to apply for help.
In addition to the Scouts’ efforts, donations can be dropped off to Tracy Interfaith at 311 W. Grant Line Road from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Saturday, Nov. 17, donations will be taken from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In addition to the baskets, Tracy Interfaith helps coordinate the efforts of area churches during the holiday season.
An additional 315 Thanksgiving baskets for families are put together by St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Heartland Church, Journey Christian Church and the First Presbyterian Church.
Quinn said that though the focus is on Thanksgiving, any food donations would be welcomed
“We really need the everyday food items we are going through so fast — things like peanut butter, tuna and cereal,” she said.
After Saturday’s food donation collection, the baskets will be assembled and given out Nov. 19 through Nov. 21.
“We do need all the help we can get,” Quinn said. “Nothing will go to waste — we will turn around and do this again for Christmas,” Quinn said.