Handing out a holiday helping hand

Twin Lakes Food Bank gives away nearly 800 turkeys
By: Laura Newell, Telegraph staff writer
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Approximately 800 turkeys were given away at the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Give-Away event Monday, Nov. 21, at Twin Lakes Food Bank in Folsom. “The reality of it is we all have neighbors, family and friends who are hurting,” said Tammy Thompson, director of Twin Lakes Food Bank. “So it is important to reach out to everyone, especially during the holiday season.” Currently, Thompson said the food bank is serving around 2,000 people each month from Folsom, Orangevale, El Dorado Hills and Granite Bay. That number has nearly doubled in the past three years, she said. “Some families just need help during the holidays,” Thompson said. “So we want families to know we are here. Also, we want to give a special thank you to the donators because they made this giveaway possible.” More than 90 volunteers helped give needy families and individual turkeys and a roasting pan, stuffing, broth, cranberries, and a frozen pie to complete their Thanksgiving meal. Susan Mentink is a Folsom resident and regular weekly volunteer at the food bank. “The food bank serves the community at such a grassroots level,” Mentink said. “Some people who used to be the ones to serve are now in need. It’s not easy to be on that side of the equation. The entire community has really come together to meet everyone’s needs.” She said being a volunteer is a real eye-opening experience. “For me, serving here at the food bank is encouraging,” Mentink said. “The people who come here are in such dire need, yet their attitude and perseverance is really an encouragement.” Volunteers also helped with crowd control, parking, loading up baskets and walking baskets to cars to unload meals. Katrina Nazworth, of Folsom, came out with some co-workers from Micron to volunteer Monday morning. “We are thankful that Micron gives us the opportunity to volunteer in our community,” said Nazworth. “To see so many volunteers out here and help out is very rewarding.” To learn more about Twin Lakes Food Bank, visit