The annual California State Employees Food Drive is underway and, today, the traditional Turkey Drop occurred at CDFA headquarters. Each year, state employees team with California Emergency Foodlink to sponsor the event, with donors providing frozen turkeys that are immediately loaded on a truck for prompt transport to a food locker. Next stop – Thanksgiving dinner! Nearly 1,400 turkeys were donated, totaling more than 19,200 pounds – almost ten tons of turkeys!
The State Employees Food Drive also includes donations throughout the holiday season, which are accepted in bins at various worksites, and a fundraising drive to purchase rice in bulk for donation. Individual offices also conduct smaller-scale fundraisers and drives benefitting local non-profit groups, schools and others in need of a little extra holiday cheer.