Hands4Hope volunteers will be out in force Saturday, May 17, for the biannual Food Blitz for the Hungry. They will collect donations to fill the shelves of the Food Bank of El Dorado County and Twin Lakes Food Bank of Folsom. The goal this year is to collect 8,000 pounds of food and $10,000 in cash and gift cards.
Residents can give at select grocery stores, from Folsom up to Placerville, including participating Sam’s Club, Walmart and Safeway, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shoppers will be provided with a wish list to use when purchasing and donating needed items.
Over the past several years, area food banks have reported a reduction in overall donations, but an increase in the number of local families and individuals needing assistance. In the early fall and late spring, food bank shelves tend to be emptier than during winter and holiday months when community awareness is higher. In 2013, Hands4Hope’s two Food Bank Blitzes brought in a total of 5,349 pounds of food and $10,656.43 in cash and gift cards.
Collected cash and gift cards are split 50/50 between the food banks, local agencies benefiting those in need, and the Hands4Hope – Youth Making a Difference organization. Cards and cash are given to those in need with special 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 solely to expand existing food-based outreach activities.
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 age from kindergarten through 12th grade. For more information visit hands4hopeyouth.org or call our Youth Center at (916) 294-7426.
Donations are also gladly accepted through Friday May 16, at the H4H Youth Center, 877 Embarcadero Drive, Suite 3, El Dorado Hills, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.