Thanksgiving dinner is rarely cheap, with the average American family spending almost 50 dollars on turkey dinner, according to USA Today. For families living under the poverty line, that can pose an insurmountable burden.
But Wednesday, California Assemblymember Ed Chau, D-Monterey Park, did his part to help those families in need. At the Fifth Annual “Operation Gobble” Turkey Giveaway in Temple City, Chau distributed 200 turkeys to local charities and aid organizations, donated by the San Gabriel Valley Water Company and California American Water.
“Operation Gobble aims to shine a light on the issue of food inequality that affects many Californians, while supporting the organizations that are at the forefront of ending this inequality,” Chau said at the event.
Seven charitable organizations received a turkey this year. They were:
- Asian Youth Center
- Boys and Girls Club of Western San Gabriel Valley
- Church of Our Savior
- El Monte/South El Monte Emergency Resources Center
- Kiwanis Club of Temple City
- Home of Angels
- Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Greater El Monte Post 10218
Each organization will donate the turkeys to needy families within their areas of interest. For example, the Veterans of Foreign Wars will give their allotted turkeys to local veterans, while the Kiwanis Club will work with local schools to find families to donate to.
“It’s a great feeling to provide an opportunity for families in need,” California Water Association spokesman Brian Barreto said. “This is probably one of the best times of the year for a water utility to give back to the communities that we serve.”
Chau represents the 49th state Assembly District, which includes Alhambra, Arcadia, Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino Temple City and portions of El Monte, Montebello and South El Monte.