Friends In Deed, Pasadena Jaycees Host Operation Gobbler

(Photo courtesy Friends In Deed) - Friends In Deed and the Pasadena Jaycees have combined their efforts this season to help feed those in need, including hosting its recent “Operation Gobbler” event.

First published in the Dec. 15 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

The Friends In Deed Food Pantry partnered with the Pasadena Jaycees (Pasadena Junior Chamber of Commerce) to hold the 29th annual “Operation Gobbler.” This event helped ensure that more than 400 Pasadena and Altadena and neighboring community families were able to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater, the executive director of Friends In Deed, said in a press release, “We are blown away by the continued benevolence of our community members. The consistent support from our sponsors, donors and volunteers makes a difference in the lives of our clients, especially during the holiday season. We are extremely grateful to every individual involved in making this event successful year after year.”
The turkey distribution was made possible by community sponsors and generous individuals who helped provide holiday meal essentials to those in need.
U.S. Rep. Judy Chu, Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo, Ralphs/Food4Less, City Councilman Justin Jones, City Councilman Tyron Hampton, and the Philoptochos Society of Saint Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Church are just a few donors who joined in combating food insecurity. Lena L. Kennedy continued the legacy of her brother, the Hon. John J. Kennedy, by providing 100 turkeys to the event, and Assemblymember Chris Holden also made an impact through his donation of 100 turkeys and participation in the grocery distribution.
Director of the Friends In Deed Food Pantry Tim Nistler said in a press release: “OpGobbler is always a wonderful and fun tradition that brings our community together to serve our neighbors in need during the busy holiday season. This year was no exception, and our supporters’ generosity allowed us to provide full Thanksgiving meals to more than 400 households. We are so grateful for the Pasadena Jaycees and their hard work to pull this together each year.”
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