Every year in November, we gather to celebrate community and good cheer by sharing with those who are in need. MVPSF, MVPD and community volunteers assemble and help deliver over 400 food baskets for the annual Cops & Gobblers Thanksgiving Food Drive.
This year, our 27th annual Thanksgiving Cops & Gobblers traditional food drive is back! Join us Sunday, November 19th, 2023 at 9am in front of the Mountain View Police & Fire Building at 1000 Villa Street. We will assemble baskets and make a special delivery to 500 families in the community that need a little extra this holiday season.
Through collaboration and partnerships, families in need are identified and grocery cards, non perishable food and toys are distributed directly. If you’d like to help contribute to the gift cards, please consider making a donation below.
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.
Cops & Gobblers COVID-19 Relief
We have seen the effects of COVID impact the most vulnerable in our communities. Cops & Gobblers immediately responded to help bridge the gap of food insecurity.
In 2021, we provided a total of $40,000 in $50 Safeway grocery gift cards, helping 800 local families struggling during the ongoing pandemic. From March 2020, to November 2020, the program also provided a total of $105,000 in $50 Safeway grocery gift cards, helping over 2,100 local families.
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.