Northern California Food Banks Partner in Relief Efforts for Butte County and Camp Fire Evacuees

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On Saturday, December 22, 2018, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS), in partnership with Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano, San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank, Redwood Empire Food Bank and Alameda County Community Food Bank, delivered supplies to New Life Church in Oroville. We were honored to join our northern California food bank partners to restock food and supplies for agencies providing relief for Camp Fire evacuees.

In total we delivered:
3 pallets of Kellogg’s cereal
5 pallets of Kellogg’s snacks (bars and cookies)
6 pallets of Raley’s deli meat
4 pallets of CAFB produce (carrots, onions, apples and pears)
2 pallets of Kimberly Clark Adult incontinence
4 very large bags of toys
1 extra-large banana box of Christmas cookies.

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Pallets were staged by category and Lisa Roehling, from Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano, calculated the product for each agency ensuring each received the appropriate amount. The distribution itself was very well organized and moved smoothly through recipients. One agency, consisting of a single individual responsible for delivering to evacuees on the outskirts of town, received a thoughtful donation of toys to distribute among children before Christmas. We were also happy to send a generous donation of Christmas cookies and donuts along with Lisa to Chico for a larger distribution.

As we were wrapping up, one last driver arrived after hearing about the distribution but struggling to find us. He was surprised when we welcomed him to take as much as he needed. We loaded him up with boxes of pears, apples and deli meat. With nowhere to cook, he passed on the vegetables. “Wow! You’re giving me cases” he was thrilled, gave us all hugs and shared his gratitude.

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We learned a lot about the challenges these organizations are facing. Many agencies are small, without transportation and struggling with limited storage space. All are doing their best with what limited resources they have, arriving in cars, vans, pickup trucks and a luck few with small trailers. We remain committed and look forward to working with our northern California food bank partners to best support our neighbors on the journey ahead.

Submitted by:
Sandra Yahya
Warehouse & Inventory Manager
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services