Sacred Heart ready for annual holiday food distribution

After distributing 4,400 food boxes during the Thanksgiving week, Sacred Heart Community Services is gearing up for their next distribution program, set to kick off on Wednesday.

Beginning December 18, the organization expects approximately 3,500 families to pick up food boxes during this part of their program, meeting Sacred Heart’s goal of 7,900 boxes distributed over the holiday season.

Each holiday food box contains fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, cooking oil, eggs, bread and other items needed to enjoy a holiday meal, as well as a choice between a turkey, ham, or chicken. The value of each box is approximately $100.

Sacred Heart Community Services notes that their boxes “help make the holidays more affordable for families living in the Bay Area, a region with one of the highest rental prices in the nation.”

In addition to food boxes, Sacred Heart also distributes toys to local children. The group has a goal of handing out more than 18,000 total toys to more than 6,000 children. Members of the community can donate new, unwrapped goods – including bilingual books, sports items, stocking stuffers, and teen gifts – at the organization’s donation station, 1381 South First St. in San Jose.

Donation hours are Tuesday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is a tradition that Sacred Heart Community Services has been running since 1964. To see more information, click here.