SACRAMENTO — By 7 a.m. Monday nearly 3,500 people were waiting in line outside of the Sacramento Food Bank in Oak Park for a turkey meal and sides.
David Adams was the second person in line after arriving at 2 p.m. Sunday.
“It’s great that I have this opportunity to cook for my family on Thanksgiving and we can do it on our schedule — worth the wait,” Adams said from his lawn chair.
Not all of the 3,500 people in line received a turkey; about half were there with family members helping play the waiting game in a snake-like line that wrapped city streets for blocks.
Just before 8:30 a.m. bags with turkeys and sides were handed out; it would be hours before all of them were given away.
At the Cordova Community Food Locker in Rancho Cordova the same scenario played out, however on a much smaller scale.
Marie Johnson was the first one in line, she showed up at 5:30 a.m. Sunday; 24 hours later there were about 100 people behind her.
“There’s a bit of a competition, you want to get here first, we see the same people every year, so yeah there’s competition — we won,” Johnson playfully said.
The Cordova Community Food Locker said they are capable of feeding 1000 people.
The Emergency Food Bank in Stockton also was expected to hand out around 2000 meals Monday morning.