For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Andrew Frankel , Public Information Officer, (510) 981-5881


Berkeley, California (Monday, December 22, 2008) - On Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 6:30am, members of the Berkeley Police Department (BPD), University of California Police Department, and the Berkeley Boosters Association will gather in front of Old City Hall for the second half of a 24 year tradition. 

The assembled holiday do-gooders will fill 250 food baskets for distribution by uniformed BPD and Parking Enforcement Officers.  Each basket will contain a turkey, fresh produce, and enough canned and packaged food to feed approximately 8 people.   The first 250 baskets were given out just before the Thanksgiving Holiday. 

BPD and UCPD officers raised the funds used to purchase the turkey baskets as part of their annual “Turkey Ride.”  The Turkey Ride was conceived in 1983 when three BPD officers rode their bikes from Berkeley to South Lake Tahoe.  During the venture it was decided that the ride could be used in future years as a fund raising activity to help struggling families during the holiday season. 

2008 was a record fundraising year with almost $12,000 raised by the riders.  However, the goals of this program couldn’t have been met without significant help from the community.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank Safeway for their donation of almost all of the turkeys, Green Leaf and Super Star Produce, Mt. Tam Fresh, Twin Peaks Distributing, the Alameda Food Bank, AllStar Café, and the Berkeley Rotary Club for once again making such generous donations.

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