For the fifth year in a row, San Jose Water Company (SJWC) partnered with Martha’s Kitchen to keep the spirit of holiday giving alive into the New Year with “Thanksgiving in January.” Martha’s Kitchen is a San Jose-based nonprofit whose mission is to “feed the hungry with dignity, no questions asked, no judgment made.”
This year, SJWC donated more than $25,000 for Martha’s Kitchen to prepare and serve more than 3,000 hot meals and to distribute more than 500 care packages throughout January. The care packages included food, personal care items and sweatshirts, a welcome gift during one of the coldest months of the year. Further, SJWC employees and their families spent more than 100 volunteer hours assembling and distributing the care packages and making “Thanksgiving in January” a reality for the families who stopped by for a meal at Martha’s Kitchen. They were joined by City of San Jose Councilmembers Sam Liccardo, Xavier Campos, Don Rocha and Pierluigi Oliverio, who attended and supported the event.
“SJWC’s partnership with Martha’s Kitchen is a clear example of the level of commitment from the chief executive officer to first-line employees in fighting hunger in the City of San Jose,” said Charmaine Jackson, SJWC Supplier Diversity Program Manager. “Our water company is making a difference as evidenced by the looks on individuals’ faces when dinner is served and care packages are distributed.”