San Francisco Mayor, Firefighters, and Police Officers to Carve Turkeys for the Needy

Nov 22, 2016 | by Sally Robb Haims

A 50+ year tradition, The Salvation Army’s annual Turkey Carving event is an important step in preparing for the Thanksgiving meal delivery program the following day.  The Turkey Carving event, which is a “carve-off” between the San Francisco Fire and Police Departments, carves 1,200 pounds of turkey to feed 4,000 people.  Thanksgiving dinners to be delivered by Salvation Army volunteers to seniors and homebound people in San Francisco.

The 1,200 pounds of turkey, purchased with private donations will be cooked in the Harbor Light Kitchen. Dinners will include sliced turkey with 65 gallons of gravy, 450 pounds of stuffing, 1,600 pounds of sweet potatoes, 1,000 pounds of green beans, and cranberry jelly.

Volunteers include San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee; members of the San Francisco Fire and Police Departments, including Chief Joanne Hayes-White and Interim Chief Toney Chaplin, along with some members of their command staffs -- plus firefighters from S.F.F.D. stations. The Salvation Army brass band will perform.

The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center 
1275 Harrison St. (Corner of 9th and Harrison), San Francisco

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
8:30 a.m. – Salvation Army Brass Band greets carvers as they set up
9:00 a.m. (sharp!) – Turkeys are paraded out of the kitchen and set-up for carving.  As soon turkeys are in place, carving will begin.  The carving will continue until all “birds” are carved (approximately 10:00a.m.).

Arrival and set up prior to carving kick-off strongly encouraged for best visuals.

Photo Ops & Interviews

  • Top safety officials use their best (or most creative) tactics to claim carving victory
  • Over 1,200 pounds of turkey carved in less than one hour
  • The Salvation Army Brass Band, adding audible cheer to the environment
  • Interview opportunities with
    • Majors David & Michelle Pierce, Executive Directors, Harbor Light Center
    • Lt. Col. Cindy Foley, Golden State Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army
    • Possible interview opportunity with Mayor Ed Lee and Chief Hayes-White (as willing)

About the Salvation Army
Since 1883, The Salvation Army has been serving the San Francisco Bay Area, offering practical support, spiritual comfort and a critical safety net to people in need.  The Army has 16 facilities throughout San Francisco providing a myriad of services, including youth programs, meal delivery, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, transitional housing, and nutritional and housing support for seniors.  In addition, the Army also provides disaster relief services. Since 1941, the Harbor Light Center has provided critical substance abuse services in San Francisco to men and women caught in the cycle of addiction.  Harbor Light offers a residential treatment program for women and men.  For more information on the Harbor Light Center and Salvation Army activities in San Francisco, visit online at:

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