San Diego Assist Thanksgiving Giveaway

Food Drive at Thanksgiving by San Diego Community Assist

About San Diego Community Assist

San Diego Community Assist (SDCA) is a nonprofit organization that focuses on the major issues of San Diego, California. The company wants to help solve homelessness, assist teachers and students with education programs, provide employment support, and help with the housing shortage. We also aim at reducing the crime rate by creating programs and services to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community.

Thanksgiving in the United States

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States, and Thanksgiving 2020 occurs on Thursday, November 26. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Native Americans shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
In many American households, it now centers on cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. Turkey, a Thanksgiving staple so ubiquitous it has become all but synonymous with the holiday. Other traditional foods include stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Volunteering is a common Thanksgiving Day activity, and communities often hold food drives and host free dinners for the less fortunate.

Effect of COVD-19 on San Diego

The San Diego regional economy saw a downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in an official U.S. recession.

Six months into the pandemic and subsequent economic disruption, many in the San Diego region have experienced some sort of hardship; however, as SANDAG has noted in recent publications, some groups have been disproportionately affected, including females, minorities, lower income earners, and younger employees.

With an estimated 176,000 workers still unemployed due to COVID-19 in the San Diego region, lower-income workers are more likely to be out of work as this pandemic continues, compared to middle- and high-income workers.

In addition, three sectors were disproportionately represented among employment sectors hardest hit: Tourism, Retail, and Education.

Across these sectors, an estimated 141,000 employees (80% of those unemployed in the region) lost an estimated $3 billion in wages (representing 63% of all lost wages in the region).

Additional disparities include females being more likely to experience a job loss in the Education sector, and younger workers and those who identified as Hispanic being more likely to lose jobs in the Tourism sector.

Food Drive by SDCA

SDCA believes in improving the quality of life in San Diego, California by providing business, medical, educational, and social services to people in need as well as provide opportunities for career building and training.

The essence of Thanksgiving is to gather in social settings and share mutual pleasure of the holiday.

Times when COVID-19 has decimated so many Americans and impacted lives in immeasurable ways, these holidays will be the most challenging for countless people.

This Thanksgiving, SDCA intends to provide 500 turkeys and hams to police officers & first responders and 1,500 meals to homeless and those impacted by COVID.  

Program details:

Day 1


November 24, 2020

 Turkey delivery to

police officers and first responders

 Time:  12p-5p

Day 2


November 25, 2020

Meal distribution

Clementine McDuff Elks Lodge #598

6 Hensley Street

San Diego, California 92102

Time:  12p-5p
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