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Thousands of boxes of food aid are making their way to people affected by the drought in Yolo County. At one of the distribution sites in Winters, it's clear that the boxes full of canned vegetables, spaghetti, peanut butter and other non-perishables sure does weigh a lot....
Yolo Food Bank receives grant from National Dairy Council
Grant will increase ability to provide dairy products to Yolo County residents in need
Clients continue to give thanks for food supply; Volunteers, farmers emphasize the importance of giving back.
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Yolo Food Bank's Second Spring Holiday Food Distribution was a great success! This year, we were able to distribute 1,300 meals to residents in Yolo County, which was as 86% increase from the 700 meals distributed last year. Meals were loaded with non-perishable goods, an array of fresh produce, and a meat item.
The Thanksgiving Meal Distribution is one of two Holiday Food Distributions hosted annually by Yolo Food Bank (YFB). With generous support from Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, YFB distributed 2,550 holiday meals in 2012. This year, we will provide more than 3,000 of these meals during November and December.
Yolo County households in need of food assistance for the holidays will receive one turkey, an assortment of fresh produce, and a variety of non-perishable goods.
In an effort to reach all areas of Yolo County, the Food Bank will distribute food from Woodland and partner with several regional organizations including: RISE, Inc. (Esparto and Winters), New Discovery Christian Church (West Sacramento), Pole Line Baptist Church (Davis), and Children’s Alliance (West Sacramento). YFB will also distribute food through its network of non-profit partner agencies located throughout the County.
The November holiday give away at Yolo Food Bank will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 23rd. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until the meals are gone. For information about holiday food distributions in Woodland and other cities throughout Yolo County, please contact Yolo Food Bank at 530-668-0690.
Media are invited to attend the Thanksgiving holiday food distribution located in Woodland. Please RSVP directly to Amanda McCarthy (contact info above).
WHEN: Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.
WHERE: 233 Harter Avenue, Woodland, CA 95776
“Yolo Food Bank is seeing record numbers of people, many of them children, at our distribution sites. There are a lot of families struggling to make ends meet right now and Yolo Food Bank is thrilled to be able to provide food assistance to 1,500 households this Thanksgiving.”
-Kevin Sanchez, Executive Director, Yolo Food Bank
About Yolo Food Bank
The mission of Yolo Food Bank is to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in Yolo County. To achieve this, the food bank distributes nearly 3 million pounds of food annually. Through our distribution programs and network of 60 non-profit partner agencies, more than 25,000 residents are served each month. In addition, YFB is committed to nutrition and increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables. In 2012, more than 700,000 pounds of food distributed by Yolo Food Bank was fresh produce.
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"The Yolo Food Bank will be distributing Thanksgiving meals, including turkeys, to families that need the extra assistance on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
Yolo Food Bank, formerly the Food Bank of Yolo County, will host a Thanksgiving holiday give-away beginning at 8 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, at 233 Harter Ave., in Woodland. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until the meals are gone. No pre-registration is required.
"Yolo Food Bank is seeing record numbers of people, many of them children, at our distribution sites," said Executive Director Kevin Sanchez in a statement. "There are a lot of families struggling to make ends meet right now and it is quite gratifying to be able to provide food assistance to 1,500 households throughout our county this Thanksgiving.""
Read more at the Daily Democrat.
"RPE, Bancroft, Wis., and Tasteful Selections are returning the generosity of Yolo County, Calif., with a 20,000-pound potato donation.
RPE and Tasteful Selections participated in Trucktoberfest in West Sacramento, Calif., last month. The event in Yolo County included food trucks and cooking competitions featuring Tasteful Selections’ potatoes. Although RPE planned to donate one pound of potatoes to the Yolo Food Bank for every pound sold at Trucktoberfest, the company increased that to 20,000 pounds."
Read more at The Packer.
"Could you survive on $5 worth of food per day? Probably. Three packets of ramen noodles. Maybe a hotdog. Possibly a small milk carton for one meal. Water for the rest.
Just ask Yolo County Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada. Every year she tries to live for a day on the allowance for Food Stamps. It's not easy.
You could get by -- but it would not be the life of luxury that many people imagine when they hear "food stamps." Yes, we've heard the horror stories of waste, fraud and abuse in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- the actual name of the federal food stamp program.
No doubt, there is abuse in the system. But neither is there any doubt that the program helps many desperately poor people."
Read more at the Daily Democrat.
"It's no secret that the current economic climate has caused newfound hardship for many of us. However, difficult times are, sadly, a way of life for many families living in rural areas.
According to the 2000 Census, more than 19 percent of Americans, 55 million people, live in non-metropolitan areas throughout the United States. Just as in urban areas, the cost of living, including heating and housing costs, is rising; and people living in rural communities face unique challenges..."
Read more at the Davis Enterprise.