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NorCal Food Community Brings Thanksgiving Dinner to Camp Fire Survivors

Chefs, businesses, and nonprofits are teaming up for the effort

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World Central Kitchen has already served 130,000 meals to survivors of the California fires.
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Chefs, farms, and businesses are working to make Thanksgiving a little less painful for the thousands of people who lost everything in the Camp Fire.

World Central Kitchen, the nonprofit started by José Andrés, is hoping to feed 15,000 survivors of the Camp Fire for Thanksgiving. The nonprofit kitchen team, Andrés, Guy Fieri, and Tyler Florence are banding together to serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner — turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, and pumpkin pie — from multiple locations as well as deliver meals to evacuees living in shelters and camps. World Central Kitchen is still accepting donations — $5 will provide a Thanksgiving meal to one person.

Good Eggs, the San Francisco-based grocery delivery service, is delivering a full Thanksgiving feast for 1,200 people in Butte County. In addition to bringing 25 heritage turkeys to a kitchen in Oroville, the Good Eggs team is cooking and delivering tons of smoked maple turkey, gravy, salad, cranberries, par-baked baguettes, dessert, and roasted squash, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts to ensure survivors get a warm meal. They’re also providing lots of snacks and pantry staples for survivors to take with them. The meals are driven by donations; donate here.

After driving up 2,500 pounds of meat and $10,000 worth of grocery gift cards to Butte County last week, Five Marys Farms is orchestrating an even bigger delivery for Thanksgiving day. The Siskiyou County ranch is matching pound-for-pound donations of beef, and planning to set up a “Giving Stand” stocked with goods. Sunol’s Happy Acre Farm is joining in, bringing up a van full of produce to Chico and picking up more donations from farms like Full Belly Farm, Frog Hollow Farm, and Spade & Plow Organics along the way. Emeryville’s Clif Bar and San Leandro’s As Kneaded Bakery donated carbs to the cause, too.

All of these efforts are on top of the ever-growing list of Bay Area restaurants, breweries, and other food/drink businesses that have been hosting fundraisers and donating proceeds to fire relief funds. The region’s community spirit is, at least, one thing to be thankful for this year.