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Make a Difference this Thanksgiving

We believe every family deserves a special meal on Thanksgiving, so that’s why, for the last 7 years, our North Valley Family YMCA has provided Thanksgiving food baskets to thousands of deserving San Fernando Valley families. Nominated by local school principals, community groups and the North Valley Family Y, 3,300 families received enough food to feed a family of four last year, and this holiday, our North Valley Family Y hopes to serve 3,400 families.

Through generous community donations and corporate sponsorships, the North Valley Family YMCA’s Thanksgiving Baskets program provides a full holiday feast consisting of a frozen turkey, stuffing, gravy, chicken broth, cranberry sauce, canned and fresh fruits and vegetables, and dessert. All fresh produce is donated by the Thanksgiving Baskets Chair, Maithili Patil’s husband, a grocer, while the turkeys are purchased from Walmart at a discounted cost.

“Our Thanksgiving Baskets program is about more than merely providing food to those in need,” said Jane Stanton, Executive Director of North Valley Family YMCA. “This is a chance for our community to unite and embrace the spirit of Thanksgiving by sharing and supporting one another. This is a passion project for many of us, and it’s amazing to see how much this program has grown in such a short amount of time.”

With the help of 400 dedicated volunteers, including 35 local schools and 12 local groups, the North Valley Family YMCA will package this year’s baskets on November 15th and November 16th at an industrial building located near Van Nuys Airport.

To learn more about this program, how you can volunteer or make a donation, please visit

Together we can do so much more!