California American Water to Distribute Turkeys for Operation Gobble

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400 free Thanksgiving turkeys to local non-profits to help food insecure population

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--California American Water will distribute 425 turkeys to local non-profits on November 9th as part of its annual “Operation Gobble” program. The turkeys will be donated to the Monterey County Food Bank, Salvation Army, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County, who in turn will distribute them to those in need. California American Water employees will also volunteer to help prepare and serve holiday meals at the Boys & Girls Club in Seaside on Wednesday, November 14th and Thursday, November 15th.

“California American Water takes great pride in serving the Monterey Peninsula and we do our best to support community organizations throughout the year, especially during the holidays," said General Manager Chris Cook. "It’s a time when we all reflect on just how fortunate we are and how we might be able to help those in need."

"California American Water Company is wonderful,” said Ron Johnson, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County. “They donate 175 turkeys to our Boys & Girls Club families and Cal Am employees volunteer to help prepare, and serve a special holiday meal for our kids. This year, thanks to Cal Am, we will serve more than 1,000 meals and provide 100 families with a food box.”

Operation Gobble is a joint philanthropic venture between California’s investor-owned water companies, local nonprofit organizations and policymakers to distribute turkeys and donations to families during Thanksgiving. This annual holiday campaign was initiated in 1988 by the California Water Association and has fed hundreds of thousands of people in need.

California American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), provides high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to more than 660,000 people.

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly-traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting


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