On May 17, Hands4Hope – Youth Making A Difference hosted its semi-annual Food Blitz for the Hungry to fill the shelves of the Food Bank of El Dorado County and Twin Lakes Food Bank of Folsom.
Youth and adult volunteers manned the tables in front of select grocery stores, from Folsom up to Placerville, including Sam’s Club in Folsom, Walmart in Folsom and Safeway in Cameron Park and Placerville. Volunteers collected donations of canned and non-perishable food, along with cash and gift cards. In one day, members of this community donated 1,655 pounds of food and $2,966.18 in monetary donations.
Collected cash and gift cards are split 50/50 between the food banks and Hands4Hope. Cards and cash are used by the food banks to purchase perishable items and specialty items for those with dietary restrictions (such as senior citizens and diabetes patients) who may not be able to take advantage of standard food donations. Hands4Hope’s portion of the funds is used to purchase food and other needed supplies for the organization’s food-based outreach activities (lunches for the homeless, monthly dinner for low-income seniors, monthly dinner for women staying at Sister Nora’s home for mentally challenged homeless women, etc.).
Hands4Hope is a non-profit, non-denominational, youth driven outreach organization based in El Dorado Hills. The organization’s mission is to empower youth to make a positive difference in the world around them through Exploration, Action, and Leadership. Hands4Hope is comprised of youth volunteers ranging in grades from kindergarten through 12th.
For more information visit hands4hopeyouth.org or call the Hands4Hope Youth Center at (916) 294-7426.