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Food for the hungry is on duo's menu
10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, November 18, 2008
By GENE GHIOTTO
Israel Padilla and Brent Sakamoto plan to feed a small army on Thanksgiving Day.
Padilla, owner of Silverado Burgers and Mexican Food in Norco, will open his Sixth Street restaurant that day to feed the needy, the homeless; police, firefighters, ambulance crews working that day; or just about anyone who is hungry. This is the second year that Padilla will provide the site for the holiday meal.
"I want to make them happy," Padilla said Tuesday.
It is the sixth year that Sakamoto, of Norco, has organized the holiday feast. This year, Sakamoto said, he believes the crowd will surpass that of last year, when about 460 people enjoyed the meal.
"We're planning for at least double, if not more," Sakamoto said.
Sakamoto and Padilla said they believe the sagging economy coupled with the growing number of people losing their jobs and homes are the major reasons they will see more people this year.
"There's a lot of people in need this year," he said.
Sakamoto said the need became evident to him as he drove the area as part of his job servicing fire extinguishers.
"There's an increase in families living at motels," he said.
Those families, Sakamoto said, most likely will not be able to get a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal because most motels do not have kitchens.
Donations and help are coming in from around the community, including from Moms Club Norco, club member Tricia Corp said. Club members will help serve meals that day as a service project for the city.
"This was the only one that we felt was going to help the community," Corp said.
Volunteer servers still are being sought, Padilla said.
Padilla said the meal he plans will include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, vegetables and more. And he is planning a marathon cooking session.
"We'll be cooking all night," Padilla said. "I think we need to cook about 30 turkeys."
Reach Gene Ghiotto at 951-893-2115 or [email protected]
Free Thanksgiving dinners will be available at Silverado Burgers and Mexican Food.
When: Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: 1091 Sixth St., Norco
To volunteer: Show up at the restaurant Thanksgiving Day
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