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 Supervisor Nathan Fletcher is now taking on the annual holiday tradition called Operation Gobble, a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway started by former Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, who is also Supervisor Fletcher’s wife. On Wednesday, November 16, Supervisor Fletcher, his staff and volunteers will distribute 500 turkeys, produce and other items for a Thanksgiving meal at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, 4177 Marlborough Ave. San Diego CA 92105. 

Starting at 3:00 p.m. there will be a resource fair for families. Onsite will be the County Live Wow Bus; nurses giving free flu and COVID vaccines; mammograms from La Maestra; a kids area; opportunities to sign-up for CalFresh, Medi-Cal, Maternal, Child and Family Health Services; Aging and Independence Services; Office of Military and Veterans Affairs; Child Welfare Services; Behavioral Health Services; the Community Health and Engagement Team; and Blue Shield.    

The turkey distribution will begin at 4:00 p.m. The distribution will be on a first-come, first-served basis until the supply runs out. Supervisor Fletcher’s office partnered with the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank to organize this year’s Operation Gobble. There is no pre-registration, but once people arrive, they will be registered, given a wristband with a number, and until their number is called, they can take advantage of the offerings available at the resource fair.  

“Operation Gobble was started by my wife Lorena Gonzalez many years ago and I am proud to carry-on the tradition. Year-after-year this event has provided San Diegans most of the things they need to enjoy a great Thanksgiving meal,” said Supervisor Fletcher. “It will be especially important for many families because of the rising costs of everything. I really appreciate all of the sponsors and volunteers who are helping us make this possible.”  

“I’m happy my husband is able to continue bringing Operation Gobble to the mothers, fathers, grandparents and children of San Diego County,” said former Assemblymember Gonzalez, who now serves as Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the California Labor Federation. “It is one of the activities from my time in Assembly that I am most proud of, and am excited it’s going to keep going for many years to come.”

In addition to the distribution in City Heights; Supervisor Fletcher’s Office has partnered with North Park Apostolic Church in Lemon Grove to distribute 200 turkeys; Gladiator School of Martial Arts and Boxing, Issa Vibe, and Wake Up Stop the Genocide to provide 200 turkeys for their distribution event in Southeast San Diego later this week; and 100 turkeys will be given to the janitorial staff, security guards and grounds crew at the County Administration Center.

Operation Gobble would not be possible without the generous support of Price Charities, SEIU Local 221, The John S. Lyons Foundation, Blueshield of California, IBEW 569, Cox Communications, UFCW Local 135, OPEIU Local 30, Planned Parenthood of the South West and USWW.