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1,100 families may go without turkey meals in Manteca, Ripon & Lathrop

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1,100 families may go without turkey meals in Manteca, Ripon & Lathrop

The Central Valley Hispanic Chamber donated $500 to Turkeys R Us. Show are, from left, Mike Mallory, Rosie Paull, Victor Randolph, Ben Cantu, and Norberto Martinez.

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POSTED November 13, 2012 11:59 p.m.

With eight days until Thanksgiving, it appears likely that struggling families on Manteca, Ripon, and Lathrop will be going without a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

The Turkeys R Us Drive had enough donations Tuesday to supply 990 of the 2,090 turkeys needed to fill Thanksgiving requests from food banks in the three communities. They need the additional turkeys - or the equivalent of $11,000 in donations by Tuesday to make sure there are enough turkeys.

Mike Mallory of the Second Harvest Food Bank said his agency will make sure no one goes without food on Thanksgiving even if it has to be macaroni and cheese.

Mallory said the “calendar is working against us” with Thanksgiving coming almost a full week earlier this year.

Actual turkeys can be dropped off at the food bank Industrial Park Drive specifically for the Turkeys R Us drive. The drop-off can be done Monday through Friday before 4:30 p.m.

Monetary donations can be dropped off at Coldwell Banker Crossroads at North and North Main Street in Manteca or the food bank. You can also call the Second Harvest Food Bank at 239-2091.

Turkey and food drives are also taking place

• through Saturday at Fagundes Meats where a donated turkey gets the donor a bottle of Fagundes’ seasoning.

• outside of Safeway on South Main Street by the Manteca Fire Department volunteers from 11 3 p.m. Saturday.

• outside of Food 4 Less on Spreckels Avenue by Manteca Transit volunteers on both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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