For many, Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate family and traditions. One tradition that touches the lives of Bay Area families in need is to help provide a thanksgiving meal box.

Please call Lynn Matsukawa at (510) 834-2443 ext. 3053 if you are planning to donate a thanksgiving meal, so that we can arrange for a family to be matched with your generous gift!


To build a Thanksgiving Meal in a Box:

  • In a solid cardboard box (or two strong paper grocery bags), collect all the non-perishable food items needed to build a Thanksgiving meal. You may include bags or boxes of stuffing, canned vegetables, potatoes, sweet potatoes, marshmallows or brown sugar, canned gravy or gravy mix, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie filling, heat and serve dinner rolls, apple cider, etc. Please note that Family Support Services does not have refrigerated storage space, so only add items that will last for several days at room temperature.
  • Add a gift card for a grocery store like Safeway so the family may purchase perishable items like eggs, milk and, of course, a turkey! 
  • Drop off your box here at Family Support Services one week before Thanksgiving. We will ensure that your donation reaches one of our families in time to prepare for their holiday celebration!

On Thanksgiving Day, when you sit down with your family to celebrate the bounty in your life, another local family will be celebrating thanks to your generosity!