Operation Gobbler

For over 30 years, the Pasadena Jaycees have partnered with the Friends in Deed Food Bank and Women’s Shelter and local grocery stores to provide low-income families with all the ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal. Typically, Jaycee members form a committee to find corporate sponsors and recruit volunteers to solicit donations outside local supermarkets on weekends in November. Then, volunteers sort the food into bags to make complete meals and distribute them to appreciative families on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

This is one of the Jaycees most rewarding projects and is open to members only, as volunteer positions fill up early.

Due to Covid-19, this year’s project will be somewhat different. There will be no donation solicitations at grocery stores, and we will rely exclusively on monetary donations to purchase turkeys and other food items for families in need. We will be holding a virtual silent auction in mid-October to seek out donations, or you can support those in need by participating in our virtual food drive and sponsoring a family.

Food Sorting Day will be Saturday, November 21 and meals will be distributed at Food Distribution Day on Sunday, November 22. Sign-up to volunteer now!

Can’t volunteer but want to donate? Send your donation via Venmo (@Jaycee-Treasurer), PayPal ([email protected]) or check (payable to Pasadena Jaycees Foundation, 474 W Walnut Street, Pasadena).