California American Water Teams up with California State Senator Darrell Steinberg and Assemblymember Roger Dickinson for “Operation Gobble”

700 Free Thanksgiving Turkeys to be Delivered to Local Non-profits

SACRAMENTO, Calif.--()--California American Water:



Operation Gobble


3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014


Mutual Assistance Network
Firehouse Community Center
811 Grand Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95838


Evan Jacobs for California American Water at 916-568-4252

Kula Koenig for Assemblymember Dickinson at 916-324-4676

Lori Catalano for Senator Steinberg at 916-342-5148


California State Senator Darrell Steinberg, State Assemblymember Roger Dickinson and California American Water will provide 700 turkeys with a combined weight of more than 9000 pounds to local non-profits as part of the 24th annual “Operation Gobble” program.

The turkeys will be distributed on Nov. 25 at the Firehouse Community Center in Sacramento. Senator Steinberg and Assemblymember Roger Dickinson will be present to assist in the operation along with representatives from Senator Steinberg’s office.

“It’s easy to forget that our modern Thanksgiving holiday originated when one community helped another,” said Senator Steinberg. “I am grateful for the work and dedication of our local non-profit partners to continue the tradition of Thanksgiving by helping hundreds of Sacramento families most in need.”

The turkeys were provided below cost by Save Mart Supermarkets and will benefit numerous causes throughout the Sacramento area.

“Operation Gobble pairs the purchasing power of local businesses who generously donate the turkeys, with the local expertise of non-profits within my district to ensure effective distribution to families most in need,” said Assemblymember Dickinson. “Through these partnerships we hope to bring some relief to those facing food insecurity this Thanksgiving holiday.”

“Operation Gobble” is a joint charitable venture between California water companies and local state legislators and is set to deliver thousands of turkeys to under-privileged families throughout the state this Thanksgiving holiday. Introduced in 1990, the unique program pairs the local knowledge of state legislators with the resources of the private sector to benefit those in need.

During the program, participating investor-owned water companies like California American Water provide turkeys and transportation in partnership with local elected officials who offer local expertise in directing the donations to community food banks, churches and other non-profit organizations.

“California American Water has about 100 employees who live and work here in Sacramento,” said California American Water External Affairs Manager Evan Jacobs. “This program is an opportunity for us to give back to our customers, our neighbors and our families.”

Millions of Californians lack sufficient resources to feed themselves on a regular basis. Many of these residents are low income families that will not be able to afford a Thanksgiving meal.

Thanks to the efforts of California American Water, State Senator Darrell Steinberg, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson and our non-profit partners, many Sacramento families will now have a Thanksgiving meal this holiday season.

California American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), provides high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 600,000 people.

Founded in 1886, American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,600 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 40 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found at


California American Water
Evan Jacobs
External Affairs Manager


California American Water
Evan Jacobs
External Affairs Manager