Thanks to the collaboration of two well-known California politicians and the generosity of an area utility company, many of El Dorado County’s less fortunate were able to gather around a turkey this holiday season. It’s known as “Operation Gobble,” a team effort by California State Sen. Ted Gaines, Assemblywoman Beth Gaines and California American Water.
Operation Gobble is a joint charitable venture between California water companies and local state legislators. This program is estimated to deliver some 30,000 turkeys to under privileged families throughout the state this holiday season. First begun in 1990, the program pairs local knowledge of state legislators with the resources of the private sector to benefit those in need.
“I’m so proud to be associated with the annual event that fills such an important need within our community,” said Ted Gaines. “By providing local non profit partners with hundreds of Thanksgiving turkeys, we’re helping ensure that Sacramento area families can enjoy a traditional holiday meal together.”
The turkeys were provided at below cost by Savemart Supermarkets to benefit the numerous non profit organizations. In addition to the Food Bank of El Dorado County, last Tuesday’s event donated 900 turkeys amongst various organization including the Twin Lakes Food Bank and Food Banks in Orangevale, and Placer County received a share of the hearty birds along with the Salvation Army of Roseville and Auburn and a number of local organizations. The Pollock Pines Community Center and the Upper Room of Placerville were among the recipients in El Dorado County.
“Savemart Supermarkets is grateful for the opportunity to play a small part in helping California American Water, Assemblywoman Gaines and Senator Gaines meet the increasing need of those in the community this holiday season,” said Alicia Rockwell, director of Public Affairs and Communications for Savemart Supermarkets.
Nearly 20 different organizations gathered outside the offices of the Gaines Tuesday afternoon as the large truck from California American Water rolled into the parking lot to distribute the turkeys. Both Ted and Beth Gaines were present for the affair.
“Operation Gobble is an important community partnership that helps bring together a local business with some of the most supportive non-profits in my district,” said Beth Gaines. “Through this innovative partnership, we are going to deliver a Thanksgiving meal to thousands in Sacramento who may have otherwise gone without.”
The Food Bank of El Dorado County received 50 turkeys from Operation Gobble. On Tuesday afternoon, a portion of the birds were delivered to members of our local at risk population on the Shingle Springs Rancheria. The additional birds were distributed through various charities in the Food Banks Emergency Food Assistance Network.
“This is true collaboration at its finest,” said Mike Sproull, founder of the Food Bank of El Dorado County. “Government agencies, local businesses, grocers and charities working together to guarantee an efficient and effective distribution to our at risk population.”
Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. Water and wastewater utility company. Headquartered in New Jersey, the company employees more than 7,000 people and supplies approximately 15 million people in more than 30 states as well as parts of Canada with drinking and waste water services.
“California American Water has more than 80 employees who live and work here in Sacramento,” said General Manager Andy Soule. “This program is an opportunity for us to give back to our customers, our neighbors and our families.”
The food bank is the largest collaborative charity in El Dorado County. It partners with more than 40 local emergency food response sites provides assistance on a daily basis, to abused and abandoned children’s homes, battered women’s shelters, senior centers, local food pantries, soup kitchens, maternity homes and more. To learn about the food bank visit foodbankedc.org, call at (530) 621-9950 or e-mail [email protected].