Cops & Gobblers COVID-19 Relief
Throughout this year, we have seen the effects of COVID impacting the most vulnerable in our communities and Cops & Gobblers immediately responded. From March 2020, to November 2020, the program has provided a total of $105,000 in $50 Safeway grocery gift cards, helping over 2,100 local families struggling during the ongoing pandemic.
This was made possible by generous donations and partnerships with Safeway Nourishing Neighbors, Community Services Agency (CSA), Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, Mountain View Police Department (MVPD) Police Officers Association, Neighborhood Outreach and Youth Services team. Our partners distributed the gift cards to their clients and student families in need and MVPD teams distributed the gift cards directly to local families facing an immediate crisis of need.
This Thanksgiving 2020, instead of distributing our traditional food baskets to 400 families, we distributed 600 $50 grocery gift cards to struggling families.
Through collaboration and partnerships, families in need are identified and grocery cards are distributed directly as quickly as possible. If you’d like to help contribute to the gift cards, please consider making a donation below.
Every year, we gather to celebrate community and good cheer by sharing with those who are in need. Each November, MVPSF, MVPD and community volunteers assemble and help deliver 400 food baskets for the annual Cops & Gobblers Thanksgiving Food Drive.
Cops & Gobblers stared in 1997 by MVPD Officer Steve Mello (now retired) delivering food baskets for 15 families in need. Now, 20 years later, the program is led by retired MVPD Captain Bruce Barsi as well as Amber Wilson and provides over 400 food baskets each year for families in need.
This annual gathering is always a success thanks to the very generous donations of those in and around Mountain View. You can help provide a basket to a family by donating.
We would like to thank our Community Partners who help to make this program possible.