Thousands of Thanksgiving Meals Delivered to Needy

Nov 22, 2016 | by Sally Robb Haims

This Thanksgiving, The Salvation Army continues a long-time tradition of bringing the joy of the holiday to thousands who cannot leave their homes because of age or illness with its annual Thanksgiving Meal Delivery program. Hundreds of volunteers help deliver the meals on Thanksgiving morning. For some recipients, a visit from a Salvation Army volunteer is the only contact from the outside world they will receive that day. 

More than 1,200 pounds of turkey is cooked to provide for 4,000 meals that will go to shut-ins and seniors. Dinner consists of sliced turkey with 65 gallons of gravy, 450 pounds of stuffing, 1,000 pounds of green beans, 1,600 pounds of sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, cookies, and other sides. The entire meal is prepared in the Harbor Light kitchen, staffed largely by graduates of The Salvation Army's drug and alcohol recovery program. 

Hundreds of volunteers help deliver 4,000 meals, Harbor Light staff and residents assisting with meal preparation, Salvation Army staff guiding delivery program.

Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 24
4:30 am to 6:30 am - Morning Kitchen Preparation
6:30 am to 7:30 am - Assembly with Volunteers
8:30 am to 12:00 pm - Volunteers to Deliver Meals

The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center
Corner of 9th and Harrison, San Francisco

** Important Entrance Instructions **
Before 7:00am - Enter at 445 Ninth Street

Photo Ops & Interviews

  • Final preparation of meals: packaging, boxing, sorting according to routes, etc. 
  • Hundreds of volunteers gathering and deploying to delivery locations. 
  • Interview Opportunities with:
    • Majors David and Michelle Pierce, Executive Directors, Harbor Light Center
    • Majors Cheryl Kinnamon, San Francisco County Coordinator, The Salvation Army
    • Possible interview with volunteers, as willing (volunteers range from families and individuals to corporate leaders and media personalities)

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. For more information on Salvation Army activities in San Francisco and Central California, visit online at:

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