SAN FRANCISCO (December 15, 2018) – One of our 18-wheel delivery trucks, filled with emergency food, departed the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank’s headquarters early this morning, on its way to Chico to assist survivors of the Camp Fire.
“The truck was loaded with nonperishable ready-to-eat food, pallets of bottled water, snacks, and even fresh produce like apples and pears,” said Mark Seelig, spokesman for the Food Bank.
This is part of a series of food deliveries being made by Bay Area Food Banks to hundreds of people impacted by last month’s devastating Camp Fire. “The last thing we want is for people in Butte County to be worrying about where their next meal is coming from, especially during this holiday season” said Seelig.
The effort is being spearheaded by the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, whose employees took the first truckload of food from the Bay Area to Butte County on December 1. Last week, employees of the Alameda County Community Food Bank delivered a truckload of food. This week it was San Francisco-Marin’s turn. The plan is to keep sending trucks filled with thousands of pounds of food every week for the foreseeable future.
The Bay Area Food Bank (BAFB) network often responds to major disasters Last year, BAFB assisted the Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa when the region was hit by the North Bay Wildfires. Fellow Food Banks provided food, resources, and employees to help keep the food flowing to survivors
The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank also sent food and employees to the Houston Food Bank last year in the days and weeks after Hurricane Harvey swept through the region.
“We know that the Bay Area is going to be in a time of need some day … perhaps when the much-talked-about big earthquake strikes the area,” says Seelig. “And we know we’re going to need to rely on others to help feed residents right here, so it behooves us to assist other regions when the need arises, and when the call is made.”
If you would like to help in this latest effort, then support your local food bank with a donation, a volunteer shift, or advocate for them. Go to www.bayareahunger.org for more details.
Public Relations Manager – San Francisco-Marin Food Bank
(office) 415-282-1907 ext. 270; (cell) 415-246-9146
About the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank
The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank’s mission is to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin, where one in four neighbors is at risk of hunger. We envision a community where everyone can obtain enough nutritious food in a dignified manner to support the health and well-being of themselves and their families. We address hunger head on: from our pantry network and home-delivered groceries, to our nutrition-education classes and CalFresh food-stamp enrollment, we work in many ways to nourish and empower neighbors in need. Every week, 30,000 households count on us for food assistance. Nearly 60 percent of what we distribute is fresh fruits and vegetables. Learn more at www.sfmfoodbank.org.