Where do your donations go?
It was a week before Thanksgiving, and the parking lot was full. Shoppers came in minivans and pick-up trucks, station wagons and rented vans. They were pastors, teachers, counselors, cooks, drivers. Everyone was feeling a bit overwhelmed, but they were determined to hand out or cook up meals for dozens of hungry people.
The scene plays out every year as Thanksgiving approaches at supermarkets across America - and at the Food Bank.
The holidays are when the human scale of what we do becomes crystal clear. Spending just a few minutes at our warehouse loading docks is a crash course in the scale of the community's response to hunger.
A station wagon, groaning with the weight of a ton of food, heads off to a church pantry for distribution. A driver pulls up in a semi truck with a fresh produce from Central Valley farmers. Another driver behind him waits to take food drive barrels away to be filled at a small business.
The food you drop into barrels at stores and offices across the county is sorted and packaged by volunteers, and then taken away by these small agencies, 40 pounds at a time. You can help by dropping healthy, non-perishable food in any barrel you come across, as holiday distribution begins again Thursday.