San Diego, California

San Diego Food Bank

We are immeasurably grateful to Xavier Hernandez, Volunteer Coordinator at the San Diego Food Bank for making room for two more volunteers even though he had a full volunteer team in place (yay San Diego community!). The food bank is a huge operation with a huge mission. We helped box food that will ultimately be distributed to nearly 800 elderly citizens in the San Diego area.

More about San Diego Food Bank (from their website):

The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in San Diego County. Last year, the Food Bank distributed 22 million pounds of food, and the Food Bank serves, on average, 370,000 people per month in San Diego County.

The Food Bank receives food from the USDA, food manufacturers, food retailers, the agricultural sector, food drives, and through financial contributions that enable us to purchase protein-rich foods, fresh produce, and dry staple foods such as beans, oatmeal, and rice. We also benefit from the generosity of more than 28,000 volunteers annually that help to sort and distribute donated and purchased food products.

The Food Bank works to acquire, store, organize, and distribute food through a network of 330 nonprofit partner organizations that include food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless and residential shelters, youth programs, senior centers, and low-income daycare centers in communities throughout San Diego County.  The Food Bank also distributes food directly to those in need at 183 distribution sites throughout the county.

In 2010, the families of Joan and Irwin Jacobs and Stephen and Marjorie Cushman donated $1.76 million to pay off the Food Bank’s mortgage on our Miramar warehouse facility making the organization effectively debt free. To honor the generosity and long-term support of both families, the Food Bank was renamed the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.

San Diego Food Bank on the web:
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Austin, Texas

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Capital Area Food Bank of Texas

I was lucky to work with the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas (sneaking in with a group of people from VMware) where we helped sort and build food boxes for people who will soon be moving into Habitat for Humanity homes.

More about the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas (from their website):

We work with food donors across the country, financial supporters and volunteers to fill unmet needs in Central Texas. This commitment from private, government and charitable partners has allowed us to bring 31 million meals to our community last year and into the hands of families and local nonprofits that turn to us for help. There are three key ways we do this.

We share free food and our knowledge on low-cost, healthy eating with families in need. Learn how we stock their shelves, provide healthy meals and educate.

We assist families who qualify for federal assistance programs. Learn how we connect families to life-enhancing resources.

And finally, we make food affordable for charitable and government partners. The quality food and food resources we provide means that they can spend their limited resources to enhance their programs. Learn how we strengthen community services.

Capital Area Food Bank of Texas on the web:
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The Banquet

I stopped by The Banquet in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to help prepare and serve a meal for the local homeless community. The Banquet did something I’d never seen before — once the food was prepared, the volunteers and the guests sat down together to eat and foster community.

More about The Banquet (from their website):

Our mission is to equip volunteers to provide food and fellowship to those served through the ministry of The Banquet. We provide a safe place where people can gather, receive nourishment and experience love in action.

The Banquet on the web:
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Fairbanks, Alaska

Fairbanks Community Food Bank

We stopped by the Fairbanks Food Bank to see how the organization and volunteers were serving the community in one of the farthest flung stops from home. I found an energetic and compassionate group dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of others, especially those spread out in communities with geographic accessibility challenges. Thanks to everybody in Fairbanks for being so warm and inviting!

More about the Fairbanks Community Food Bank (from their website)

Founded in 1982, the Fairbanks Community Food Bank collects and redistributes donated food to individuals and agencies. Food donations are received from the local community and about 100 commercial vendors. Food is distributed through many programs including Food Boxes, Bone Builders, and Agency Shopping.

The Fairbanks Community makes a difference in the lives of neighbors by sharing resources. The people of Fairbanks truly live the lessons taught by the Stone Soup Legend –– Fairbanks Style. The vision of the Fairbanks Community Food Bank is:

  • To have no one in the Tanana Valley die of starvation
  • To have no child in the Tanana Valley go hungry
  • To provide food assistance to everyone who meets federal poverty guidelines, if it is requested

Fairbanks Community Food Bank

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