City of Oakland Hosts 31st Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Date Posted: November 18th, 2022 @ 9:18 AM
Last Updated: November 18th, 2022 @ 9:20 AM

Oakland, CA – On Tuesday, November 22, the 31st Annual Community Day of Thanks dinner will be hosted by the City of Oakland’s Human Services Department in coordination with Jewed Legacy Group.

The Community Day of Thanks Dinner, in its 31st year, is part of the City’s Hunger Program founded in 1985 during Mayor Lionel J. Wilson’s administration. With the support of donors and volunteers, the City serves thousands of low-income families, seniors, and persons experiencing homelessness with a hearty Thanksgiving.

In line with last year's event, to ensure the health and safety of all participants, Covid protocols will continue to be in place. Meals will be delivered directly to Emergency Food Providers Advisory Committee (EFPAC) and other distribution sites. A limited number of meals will be available for pick up at the Marriott in Downtown Oakland. Blaisdell’s Business Products has generously donated staff time and trucks to deliver meals to the distribution sites.

Date: Tuesday, November 22

Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Volunteers: The Marriott will be the staging location for meal preparation and distribution, with volunteers handing out food on site and delivering to food pantries sites throughout the City.

Photo Opportunity:

Oakland Marriott City Center

1001 Broadway, Downtown Oakland

11 am – 1 pm

“We are grateful to the continuous support of the many volunteers and donors who generously donate their time and resources to this wonderful event”, said Estelle Clemons, Interim Director of Human Services. “The pandemic created enormous isolation and food insecurity. This day brings us together – safely – to share a holiday meal and remind ourselves of the power and joy of coming together as a community.”

It is with ongoing community support and generous sponsorships that this event has reached its 31st year. We are grateful to our 2022 sponsors:

  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Golden State Warriors
  • Oakland Athletics
  • Blaisdell’s Business Products
  • Alameda County-Oakland Community Action Partnership
  • Emergency Food Providers Advisory Committee
  • City of Oakland Human Services Department
  • Jeweld Legacy Group
  • Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.
  • VillageGIVE
  • Gesunda Royal-Shipp/ It's A Royal Affair
  • Oakland Marriott City Center

If you are interested in supporting this event, a donation of $26 will provide a meal for one guest and $104 for a family of four. Donations are tax deductible. Please make your checks payable to the City of Oakland Hunger Program, and mail to:

City of Oakland Hunger Program, Attn: Blanca Leggett

150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 4340, Oakland, CA 94612

The City expresses its sincere thanks for the many years of support that has been given from sponsors, donors, volunteers and the community. This support has made this event a success year after year.

For more information about this event, please contact 510.986.2721.

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