Many families in our community live paycheck-to-paycheck and purchasing the ingredients for a holiday meal can be a burden, using a huge part of their monthly food budget. Each Thanksgiving, we will be sourcing ingredient and monetary donations in order to provide several local families with the full ingredients to cook a complete meal for their families, in their own home.
Holiday memories often center around a meal – the warmth coming from the oven as the smells mingle in the air, culminating in sitting as a family and enjoying the time together. We would like to provide that experience for as many families as we can, for whom it would ordinarily be out of reach or strain finances.
HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP:
1) Donate non-perishables, canned goods, and turkeys! November 19-21, 2016 will be our designated food drop-off weekend. For those who would like to donate non-perishable items and canned goods, this is the weekend to be aware of. We will have host locations in your city that you may drop of your donations to. These host locations will be updated on our Conejo Community Thanksgiving page as we secure them.
2) Donate a monetary contribution to help us with our supplemental market run. Last year due to monetary donations we were able to buy ingredients in bulk to save on costs, and fill in ingredients that weren't donated for each meal package. A $50 donation covers an entire food package for one family.
3) Nominate a family. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the size of the family, location of family, name of the head of the household, and a phone number and/or email address the family can be reached at. We will respond to each request and do our best to accommodate based on donations received.
4) VOLUNTEER! We will need volunteers for a variety of event related needs. Volunteer as a host for your city, where people can drop off food donations, volunteer to help us on organize and put together meal packages on the evening of November 23rd, or volunteer to help with meal package distribution on November 24th! Email us at volunteer@conejocommunityoutreach to express your interest in volunteering, and we will be in touch to discuss further details.
We thank the community for helping us to make our second annual Conejo Community Thanksgiving a success!