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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, several organizations and businesses are getting ready to bring meals to the homeless and needy families in the Bakersfield area. 

Here’s some information on a few of the organizations and businesses who are holding meals or will be handing out food.

Fresco Mexican Grill

The local restaurant chain is aiming to fund 500 meals for the needy through a donation drive on Monday.

Both Fresco locations, 1431 California Ave. and 2402 Columbus St., will be donating 10 percent of proceeds that day to the Mission at Kern County. The goal is to get enough donations to help the mission feed 500 people.

Donations can also be made directly at

Bakersfield North Rotary

The local organization will distribute 350 Thanksgiving food boxes to North of the River families on Wednesday.

The giveaway will take place at 7 a.m. at Standard Middle School, located at 1222 N. Chester Ave. The baskets will be distributed to pre-selected families. The event is held in partnership with the North High Interact Club and the Bakersfield Police Department. 

The giveaway is funded through personal donations and corporate sponsorships from companies such as Varner Brothers Inc., Chevron and LeBeau Thelen LLP. Any surplus funds not needed for the baskets will support LiFT BAKERSFIELD.

The organization feeds homeless and disadvantaged families in Oildale every Tuesday.

Cowboy Chicken

The eatery will deliver a complimentary Rotisserie Turkey Holiday Package to firefighters on Wednesday. 

At around noon, staff from Cowboy Chicken at 5620 California Ave. will deliver the package to on-duty firefighters at Bakersfield Fire Station as a show of gratitude to first responders who often have to work the holiday.

Besides turkey, the package also includes potatoes, stuffing, rolls and cobbler. For more information, call 661-398-1967.

Mission at Kern County

The Mission will feed 600 needy families on Thanksgiving day.

A meal will be held at 11 a.m. at the Mission, located at 816 E. 21st St. To help provide the meal, the organization is in need of donations. Grocery Outlet has partnered with the Mission to offer discounted turkeys for people to donate. 

A 12- to 14-pound turkey costs $13.99 while a 16- to 18-pound turkey is $19.99. If a customer spends over $30 for donations, they will receive $10 off their next purchase. 

Call the Mission at 661-325-0863 for more information.

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