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Scouts, schools, sports groups conduct food drives
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Bill Andreetta , left, of Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats, donated 300 hams in a bid to make sure none of the 1,800 struggling families in Manteca, Ripon, and Lathrop go without traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Organizations ranging from Boy Scout Troops and school groups to fitness clubs are conducting food and turkey drives to meet an unprecedented needed generated by COVID-19 shutdowns this holiday season.

The Turkeys-R-Us drive is struggling to come up with 1,800 turkeys and hams by Tuesday to make sure no struggling family in Manteca, Ripon, and Lathrop goes without a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

To help the cause, Bill Andreetta from Sunnyvalley Meats donated 300 hams in a bid to cover the shortfall.


Troop 432 food drive

Boy Scout Troop 432 had teamed up with TLC Real Estate and Re/Max to conduct a drive thru food drive Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the Hensley Building on the northwest corner of Center Street and Union Road.

Food donations and checks will be accepted. Checks should be made out to Second Harvest Food Bank.

Drive at Yosemite SaveMart

Brock Elliott School and the Spreckels Park Little League are conducting a frozen turkey and canned food drive Saturday, Nov. 24, from10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the SaveMart parking lot at 1431 West Yosemite avenue.

Registration for the upcoming Spreckels Little League season will take place as well.

You can register your name into a drawing for a free child’s registration for Little League with a frozen turkey donation.

Turkey boot camp

All members and non-members that drop off a frozen turkey from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday can take part in a special boot camp from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. this Saturday at 209 Core at 17960 Ideal Parkway.


CrossFit Excel drive

CrossFit Excel at 1433 Moffat Blvd. is accepting frozen turkeys during a drive Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


East Union turkey drive

Eats Union High is holding a turkey drive in the parking lot closest to the gym Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to support Second Harvest Food Bank.

 The Second Harvest Food Bank that is helping coordinate the Turkeys R Us Drive for the Manteca, Ripon, and Lathrop area as well as the cash collection effort to buy additional food to meet the increased demand this winter, is also conducting a general food drive.

In addition to frozen turkeys that are looking for canned goods, boxed meals, biscuit mix, stuffing, cereal, oatmeal, rice and dry beans.

Frozen turkeys can be dropped off at Second Harvest Food Bank at 1220 Vanderbilt Circle off of  Industrial Park Drive in Manteca Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Money donations can be made online at or dropped off or at Second Harvest.

If you have questions contact the food bank at 239.2091.


Community Thanksgiving dinner

seeks donations and volunteers

Manteca Sunrise Kiwanis in partnership with Manteca Rotary, Manteca Unified School District, Second Harvest Food Bank, the Police Chief’s Foundation, Interact Club of Manteca, and Manteca Police Officers Association; is hosting the 11th Annual “Thanksgiving in Manteca” for those in the community that otherwise would not have a traditional Thanksgiving meal. 

Because of social distancing, this year they will be hosting drive through events from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Mountain Mikes Pizza (1120 N. Main St) and the Manteca Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall (580 Moffat Blvd.), in Manteca, on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26.    

They anticipate serving more than 2,500 men, women, and children a Thanksgiving Dinner, who otherwise would not have the means to cook dinner, or are by themselves.   Dinner includes turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, corn, roll and pumpkin pie.  Thanksgiving dinner is available for takeout or delivery.     

There are four ways you can help.  Being a cash donor, donating a turkey (delivered to the Second Harvest Food Bank), donating your time to help prepare and serve the meals, and/or an online donation at  

Checks can be made out to Manteca Sunrise Kiwanis “Thanksgiving in Manteca” P.O. Box 752, Manteca, CA.  95336. You can contact Carol Davis (209) 825-4282 for more information.  All donations are tax deductible.  If you would like to donate your time to prepare and or serve the meals, contact Tevani Liotard at or sign up at


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