In 2012, the SF Turkey Drive started out of Pierre's home on Merced Height.
In 2013, St. Emydius Church joined his project to make the local neighborhoods in the Southern part of San Francisco a strong player in fighting hunger among homeless and poor in our city.
Every year, we have been collecting turkeys on the Saturdays before Thanksgiving and before Christmas. It's been a true blessing to give our time and efforts for a great cause to help feed not only homeless, but also our more challenged neighbors. In the last 2 years alone, the SF Turkey Drive has collected over 1,000 turkeys for St. Anthony, helping this soup kitchen preparing over 15,000 meals.
The SF Turkey Drive is simply offering an opportunity to our community to contribute basic food to a trusted organization so they can serve healthy meals to those who can't effort, or are unable, to feeding themselves. Folks who go to St. Anthony's Dining Room are not only going to eat a good meal, but also to meet others in the same situation as they are. Altogether, it makes their body more robust, and their mind stronger, giving them a better chance of surviving the tough world they are facing.
Our beautiful San Francisco is existing thanks to its beautiful people...and that includes all of us working together and making a difference for the people who needs it the most. This is the city of San Francisco...named after the Francis that was resolved in his heart never to refuse any requests of anyone, if at all possible. The Franciscan Brothers of St. Anthony Foundation are following this goal every day.
Pierre and a team of Volunteers will be there to welcome you and accept your donations of turkeys, hams, boxes of vegetables, or checks. If you can't stop by our drop off site for whatever reason, you can contribute any time By-Internet-Gifts of Turkey (aka BIG Turkey). You are always welcome to cheer the team of volunteers with your congratulations or just drop a note or email - see contact page.
Help Us Feed the Hungry....We CAN Take a Bite Out of Hunger.
See below for testimonies, pictures at the drop off site and an article published in Catholic San Francisco newspaper (year 2016). Don't miss the short interviews of Pierre on the landing page of our website.
In the News...
The collaboration between St. Anthony's and SF Turkey Drive at St. Emydius plays a very large role in our ability to meet the demand by donating more than 500 Turkeys and other much needed food each year.
Barry J Stenger, St Anthony's Exec. Dir.
The SFTurkey Drive at St. Emydius Church has been conducted under the leadership of Mr. Pierre Smit, for several years. This has and will be our way of helping to feed those less fortunate. I personally have been a supporter of St. Anthony's for several years as this organization has helped so many individuals and families.
Arthur M, 2018
As a member of this neighborhood, I support and have assisted the SF Turkey Drive in its efforts to feed those in need.
Hunger is a real issue in our city and our
neighborhood. I hope everyone can assist Mr. Smit to reach those in need.
Melissa Y, 2018
The SF Turkey Drive project has become a growing and reliable outreach of the Ingleside neighborhood year after year to support the thousands of meals prepared for the poor of our city at the St. Anthony's Dining Room. Please, support this project.
Nerissa H, 2018
I first learned about the SF Turkey Drive in November 2013. Since then, I look forward to the annual food drives held in November and December. Personally, I find the SF Turkey Drive enriching because it allows me to actively participate with my community as a volunteer; to meet and interact with my neighbors who are donating to the drives; and to help my fellow San Franciscans that are hungry. It's a win-win program for all. It is truly a privilege to be involved.
Patrick W, 2018