Community steps up for food bank
CAMERON PARK —Giving doesn’t end at the close of the holiday season and community members continue to ask the Food Bank of El Dorado County how they can get involved and help their neighbors in need.
A few of the local businesses, charitable organizations and senior communities have provided financial contributions to support the food bank. Hopefully their commitment to the community may inspire others to join in the fight to end local hunger, said food bank founder Mike Sproull.
El Dorado Hills’ Four Seasons retirement community held its annual outreach where residents were urged to make a donation of nonperishable foods or a monetary contribution. Four Seasons donated hundreds of pounds of food and raised hundreds of dollars.
“Four Seasons is a rock for the food bank and every year they are committed to our at-risk population,” Sproull said.
The food bank’s neighbor DaVita Dialysis was also on board this year, hosting a food drive and making a donation of $1,000 toward the food bank’s ongoing outreach to the community.
“Thanks DaVita, we look forward to a partnership that will continue to help our community,” said food bank Communications and Development Director Carey Fong.
Once again Hands4Hope — Youth Making a Difference, a youth-driven outreach organization a youth advocacy organization based in El Dorado Hills, joined the food bank in giving local residents an opportunity to help. Youth volunteers were busy dropping off grocery bags to residents adorned with instructions on how to fill the bags, what types of foods were needed and a plan for the youth to return and pick up the bags.
One thousand-five-hundred-and-sixty-four pounds of food were collected from this drive. Jennifer Bassett, Hands4Hope founder and executive director said, “The youth of Hands4Hope understand that there are many food deprived household in our greater community and want to do their part to make a difference and reduce the number of people, especially children, going to bed hungry on any given night. Partnering with the Food Bank of El Dorado County on this project has been an educational and rewarding experience.”
“El Dorado County is a very giving community and we look forward to working with many more organizations,” said Sproull.
If your family service organization, faith-based group, school group or other organization would like to help call the food bank at (530) 621-9950 or e-mail [email protected] can be mailed to the Food Bank of El Dorado County at 3291 B Coach Lane, Cameron Park 95682 or made online at foodbankedc.org.