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A Harvest Dinner “On the Go”

No amount of rainy weather can stop GLIDE when it comes to feeding our community a week before Thanksgiving.

GLIDE’s Family Resource Center (FRC) hosted it’s annual (and eagerly anticipated) Harvest Dinner this past November 16, which  traditionally kicks off the start of GLIDE’s holiday season.

A delicious package of roast turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, veggie mix, pumpkin or apple pie (parents got to choose one), all lovingly prepared by our Meals Team awaited some 100 families, with each meal serving up to 6 people. 

The Harvest dinner is traditionally a place where families gather the week before Thanksgiving to enjoy a dinner together in community.  In pre-COVID times, the dinner was held in Freedom Hall. 

But not wanting to cancel the dinner during a pandemic, the FRC decided to create the Harvest Dinner “On the Go.” Families come to GLIDE, receive a bag with their dinner to enjoy at home.

For FRC Manager Theresa Calderon, challenging economic times means making that special effort to get food out to as many people as possible. “I think inflation still is a factor.  I think it’s great that Glide and the rest of the TL provides as much support possible for families to not go hungry during the holiday season,” said Theresa. 

“One of my friends told me about GLIDE's Harvest Dinner. Times being what they are, I went ahead and applied to be a recipient. I was so happy. Not just the food but GLIDE also provided me with diapers and baby wipes..oh my god, GLIDE really helped me out!" 
Gladys Aguilar

Inflation continues to eat away at people’s paychecks and for San Francisco resident, Gladys Aguilar, getting the chance to receive some extra food at this time of the year was a real savior.

“One of my friends told me about GLIDE’s Harvest Dinner. Times being what they are, I went ahead and applied to be a recipient. It took a while but I finally heard back that there was room for me. I was so happy. Not just the food but GLIDE also provided me with diapers and baby wipes…on my god, GLIDE really helped me out!”

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Families sharing photos enjoying a Harvest Dinner meal

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