Project Open Hand News: Thanksgiving Update

Can you believe it is almost Thanksgiving already?  Time just flew by this year.  Just got this hot-off-the-press release from Project Open Hand.  Please help them if you can. Thank you!


Project Open Hand Prepares Thousands of Thanksgiving Meals

SAN FRANCISCO,CA – The Thanksgiving holidays are an especially busy time at Project Open Hand, a local non-profit food relief organization that prepares and delivers food to seniors, people living with HIV and breast cancer, and the homebound critically ill. Project Open Hand chefs slow roast a whopping 3,200 pounds of turkey and season it with a spice rub of Kosher salt, white pepper, sage, thyme, paprika, cumin, and granulated onion and garlic. They also make a mouth-watering mashed potato with warm milk, butter, salt and pepper, and 1,100 lbs of potatoes. Other sides include 25 cases of corn bread stuffing, 1,500 lbs of fresh green beans and peas with pearl onions, 200 lbs of cranberry sauce, 80 gallons of turkey gravy, and of course, 400 pumpkin pies. For a non-profit organization that prepares food on such a large scale, the food is cooked with extraordinary care and compassion. On Thanksgiving Day, Project Open Hand, commemorating its 25th year of service to the community, will deliver a hot meal to over 2,600 people homebound with HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses. “We try to prepare the same festive meal that many of us take for granted and deliver it to people who are less fortunate,” says Executive Director Tom Nolan. “For our neighbors who are sick and alone, the holidays should still bring good food and healing comfort,” says Nolan. The holidays can also prove to be a very lonely time for many isolated seniors. Project Open Hand tries to fight this loneliness by providing a special meal and celebrations at the 26 senior centers in their Senior Lunch Program. This year their senior clients will enjoy a festive lunch comprised of roast turkey breast with gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, cornbread dressing, green beans, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and apple juice. Project Open Hand will serve over 1,400 Thanksgiving meals to seniors at community sites throughout the city. During the holidays, the organization has an increased need for volunteers and monetary donations. If you’re looking for a way to give back to your community this holiday season visit Project Open Hand’s website at or call (415) 447-2300.

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