The Yolo Food Bank will host a “Help Wipe Out Hunger” food drive from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Yolo County Fair, 1250 Gum Ave. in Woodland. Donation barrels will be located at both the Gum Avenue and Gibson Road entrances to the fairgrounds.
Fairgoers can “Help Wipe Out Hunger” by donating two non-perishable food items. The greatest need is for peanut butter, canned meats and canned or dried beans, for their high protein content and shelf stability. Every donor will receive a gift contributed by Corkey Mapalo, director of warehouse operations at the Yolo Food Bank.
“The summer season is often overlooked as a time of need for donations at the food bank, though the demand for food assistance, in fact, increases,” says Kevin Sanchez, executive director of the Food Bank. “As in the past, we expect increases in demand to result from schools being out of session and farm workers migrating into the county for seasonal work.
“Additionally, we’re finding that many of our senior neighbors need food assistance year-round because of financial instability and lack of affordable transportation to sources for nutritious food. We invite everyone in our county community to help make sure our … food drive fills this demand.”
Donated food is sorted and boxed by volunteers, then distributed around Yolo County through Yolo Food Bank’s rural, urban and senior food delivery programs.