SAN DIEGO–(Businesswire)–California Assemblymember Martin Garrick and California American Water have teamed up Tuesday to distribute 140 turkeys to several local non-profit organizations in Vista, Escondido and Encinitas, as part of the 20th annual “Operation Gobble” program.
Operation Gobble is a joint philanthropic venture between California water companies and local state legislators. that is set to deliver an estimated 30,000 turkeys to struggling families throughout the state this Thanksgiving holiday.
Since 1990, the program has paired the resources of the private and public sectors to benefit those in need. Participating investor-owned water companies, such as California American Water, provide turkeys and delivery services in partnership with local elected officials who assist in directing the donations to community food banks, churches and other non-profit organizations.
“There are a number of families hit hard by a weak economy and the ‘Operation Gobble’ program will assist those who need it most,” said Assemblymember Martin Garrick. “Through the generosity of California American Water, it is gratifying to know that local families will enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.”
California American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water, provides high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 600,000 people. California American Water’s San Diego County service district includes approximately 21,000 households and businesses and serves a population of about 95,000 people, in the cities of Coronado, Imperial Beach, south Chula Vista, and parts of south San Diego.
Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 16 million people in 35 states, as well as Ontario and Manitoba, Canada.