Saturday, June 29, 2013

Food Bank Of El Dorado County Partners Up To Help Those In Need

A few weeks ago Keith Turner Director, Public and Government Affairs, Safeway Inc. Northern California Safeway, contacted the Food bank of El Dorado County explaining that Safeway was holding a management meeting at Harvey’s and would be donating 750 bags of groceries that they wanted to give to local residents in need.

At the same time California Emergency Food Link offered to provide fresh produce and other food items to El Dorado County.  The El Dorado County Food Bank staff quickly identified South Lake Tahoe as a distribution point and contacted representatives from the local American Legion Hall.

The veterans offered a distribution location and it was on! A free farmers market was set up to provide food assistance to 250 families on June 26th.  Family Resource Center helped with volunteers and at the end of the day this unique partnership provided groceries and produce to 176 local families that were very appreciative.  One woman called the Food Bank immediately after the distribution and thanked staff explaining how bad the South Lake Tahoe area needs help and asked when the Food Bank would be back as the fresh produce is something they rarely see.

Look for the Food Banks new Mobile Pantry Outreach Unit to be visiting communities throughout El Dorado County.  Follow distributions and other pertinent information by checking them out on Facebook at here, calling 530-621-9950, or email Together we can make a difference!

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of the El Dorado County Food Bank.

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