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Stockton Food Bank Sees Growing Need This Season

Stockton Food Bank / Courtesy

Stockton Food Bank / Courtesy

Food banks across the country are preparing to hand out the traditional Christmas dinner for needy families this week.

The Stockton Emergency Food Bank hands out meals to 250 people each day, five days a week. Overall, that's around 60,000 a year.

Donations soar just before Thanksgiving and then see a decline in December, but the Christmas baskets are being packed and most are ready to hand out Thursday morning.

Food Bank Director Mike Donaghy said the baskets contain a 12-14 pound turkey, mashed potatoes, and all the fixings.

"The need is always growing and is great," Donaghy said. "Last year we served just under 1,500 food boxes for December. This year we are anticipating and planning out about 1,600."

Donaghy said those who stand in line are a mix of seniors, veterans, and mostly the working poor who might go without the holiday spread.

He said the food bank is also serving 30 food pantries throughout the entire county.

Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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