It was a great day for Food for Thought when Mary Saunders called and said she had been contacted by Safeway about donating Thanksgiving dinners for needy families. Saunders explained that Safeway needed an outlet, a way to connect with needy families to provide donated Thanksgiving dinners. Saunders, who had partnered with DOS Food for Thought for a summer food distribution program, automatically thought of connecting Safeway and Delta Opportunity School.
Food for Thought currently provides weekend food for 125 families in Delta and Cedaredge schools. DOS was thrilled with the idea of Safeway donating full Thanksgiving dinners and being able to offer them to Food for Thought families.
So a flyer was sent home in the Food for Thought bags on the Friday before Thanksgiving with an invitation to call and reserve a dinner. DOS secretary Joyce Long took calls all day Monday. That Tuesday, DOS students picked up the meals at Safeway, put names on them and made them available for families to pick up at a central location. It was a very meaningful afternoon as DOS students got to give out the meals to the families. A few meals were delivered Wednesday to those who couldn't get to town to pick them up, and who had elementary students unable to carry a big frozen turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing onto the school bus.
Safeway was very generous in providing the meals, and the Food for Thought families, along with the DOS students who worked the distribution, were very thankful. It provided a wonderful dose of perspective and gratitude to begin the Thanksgiving break. A big thank you to Safeway and all of those who donated Turkey Bucks to their charity program.
Donations to the Safeway Santa Bucks program would be greatly appreciated and will help DOS partner in providing Christmas dinners to Food for Families. DOS students are currently selling Santa Bucks for the Safeway program. Please call 874-6505 for details.