To mark the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday, Mayor Ed Lee and the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) will gave away 100 turkeys to low-income Latino families in San Francisco.
During the season of giving and celebrating things we are thankful for, it’s important to remember that many San Francisco families are struggling every day to simply make ends meet.
Affording the basics like food, rent, and utilities has become harder for low-income families during times of high unemployment and rising costs of living – a situation that is most evident among Latino families in San Francisco’s Mission District. The majority of families living in poverty in the Mission are Latino. Latino families are almost seven times more likely to be in poverty than white families in the neighborhood, and on average, Latino households make roughly half the income of white households. The Office of Mayor Ed Lee & MEDA wanted to make sure that the Thanksgiving holiday is special for many families who otherwise might not have the resources to enjoy a turkey dinner.
“The Mission Economic Development Agency appreciates the City of San Francisco for their continued support of Latino Families in the City, and their commitment to helping our families thrive” says Luis Granados, MEDA’s Executive Director.
The Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway ensured that more San Francisco families can enjoy the spirit of the holiday.