Local organizations gear up to give out Thanksgiving meals – Monterey Herald


Determined to make sure that no one goes hungry this Thanksgiving, the Kiwanis Club of Monterey, Food Bank for Monterey County and the city of Monterey Recreation Division are teaming up once again to distribute Thanksgiving meal kits to families in need.

Starting Wednesday at 10 a.m. through 2 p.m., families can pick up their meal kit by appointment every half hour at Dennis the Menace Park, 777 Pearl St. Meals will be distributed by walk-up or drive-thru. The meal kit includes all the ingredients for a traditional Thanksgiving meal for a family of four, or for six to eight people.

Meal kits will also be delivered to Pacific Grove, Monterey, Seaside, Marina and Carmel to those who can’t leave home and request assistance.

Melissa Kendrick, the Food Bank for Monterey County CEO and executive director, said reservations for the 1,000 meal kits available at the park were fully booked up only two days after opening appointments.

“We’ve never seen it go like that,” Kendrick said. “We had incredibly high demand before even post-COVID, but we were hoping things could return to pre-COVID numbers and that just hasn’t happened.”

Although reservations are now closed for the El Estero Park meal kit distribution, those looking for a free Thanksgiving meal are encouraged to attend the Salvation Army Monterey Peninsula Corps’ lunch at the organization’s chapel at 1491 Contra Costa St. The Thanksgiving meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Major John Bennett said the organization is anticipating 100-150 people to show up for the meal. Reservations are not required and all are welcome.

“That’s primarily for homeless folks … but it’s open to the public and if anyone wants to come on in, they certainly can,” Bennett said.

On Monday, the Salvation Army Monterey Peninsula Corps also distributed around 200 food boxes with frozen turkeys and Grocery Outlet Bargain Market gift cards to community members who signed up for the service. The gift card balances ranged from $50 to $100 depending on family size.

The Food Bank for Monterey County will also be distributing meal kits to community members throughout the week.

On Tuesday, the food bank will be distributing kits at the Soledad Police Department, 236 Main St., from 9 – 11 a.m. and at the Greenfield Memorial Building, 615 El Camino Real, from 10-11 a.m.

Wednesday the food bank will be distributing kits in Salinas, 250 North Madeira Ave. from 2-3 p.m. and at the Vineyard Church, 1122 East Alisal St. from 4-6 p.m.

Kendrick said the food bank will be distributing 25,000 meal kits at Thanksgiving and another 25,000 around Christmas. Both pozole kits and traditional Thanksgiving meal kits will be available at distribution sites this week.

“The holidays, you’re seeing (increased demand) more and more. I think it’s that inflation, food, fuel and rent are just literally hitting the communities that we serve so hard that they just don’t have anything left over,” explained Kendrick. “So it’s costing us a lot more because obviously the food that we are buying is so much more expensive, but it’s really hurting those that we serve as well because they just can afford less and less. Increasingly, we’re seeing working families where both parents are working (come in).”



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