Thanksgiving dinner is a tradition in many households, but the upcoming holiday can be stressful for people on a tight budget who can’t afford turkey and all the trimmings.
Enter the University of California Police Department, where officers on the Berkeley campus recently made 100 deliveries of free turkey and a box of produce, along with a gift card to a local grocery store, to University Village, the campus’s housing complex in Albany for students with families.
"The holidays can be challenging, especially for those in need," said Nicole Miller, a UCPD police administrative lieutenant. "This event gives us an opportunity to coordinate with campus partners and help members of our community. Our hope is to bring some joy to the start of the holiday season."
The turkeys and produce were provided by Cal Dining and the gift cards by the campus’s Residential Student Services Program. Generous funding came from UCPD, the Federated University Police Officers’ Association and University Village resident association management.
The Nov. 17 Thanksgiving meal giveaway was the 10th one led by the UCPD and, reflecting the partnership it has built over the years, was called the Tenth Annual Community United by Service Thanksgiving Turkey Drive.