The Food Bank of El Dorado County partnered up with the Placerville Kiwanis Club to build and deliver 55 holiday food baskets to the Latino community this holiday season.
More than 50 Placerville Kiwanis Club members gathered at the food bank’s new building at 4450 Business Drive in Cameron Park to assemble, package, load and deliver the holiday food baskets.
Every year, the Placerville Kiwanis Club selects an underprivileged community to serve.
“We chose to serve the Latino community because they are often working seasonal jobs that end this time of year,” said David Ashby, Kiwanis member and executive director of New Morning Youth and Family Services.
Kiwanis started its holiday basket concept many years ago furnishing a turkey dinner that was purchased from local retailers and distributed to families in need.
In 1999 the idea was changed to a holiday food basket that would help sustain a family beyond one meal.
In 2004 the Placerville Kiwanis Club partnered up with the food bank to stretch its holiday food basket budget and feed more underprivileged communities throughout El Dorado County. For every dollar donated, the food bank is able to solicit, receive, warehouse and distribute $5 worth of food to the most at-risk population in El Dorado County.
Placerville Kiwanis Club President Paul Zappettini said he was “pleased with this partnership with the Food Bank of El Dorado County. Members of Placerville Kiwanis and the community provide about $3,000 yearly to the food bank to help with this effort. With the assistance of the El Dorado County Office of Education and New Morning, Placerville Kiwanis has annually been able to identify 55 families on the West Slope and provide food baskets to those less fortunate in our local communities. Delivering the food to those families is one of the most humbling and inspiring opportunities for the Kiwanis members. We hope to continue this partnership with the Food Bank for years to come.”
“The food bank is delighted to work with community organizations such as the Placerville Kiwanis Club,” said Food Bank Communications and Development Director Carey Fong. “Members displayed such compassion, joy and excitement during this event; it truly was a rewarding experience. Hosting this event at our new warehouse with the Kiwanis Club was a great way to celebrate the food bank’s achievements within the community,” said Fong.
“The food bank’s new facility gives our community both challenge and opportunity. The challenge of filling an empty warehouse with food for those in need is an opportunity for all of us,” Kiwanis President Elect and El Dorado County Assessor Karl Weiland said.
Contributions can be mailed to the Food Bank of El Dorado County at 3291 B Coach Lane, Cameron Park, 95682 or online at foodbankedc.org or by calling Carey Fong at 530-621-9950.
For more information on volunteering contact the Food Bank of El Dorado County at 530-621-9950 or by e-mail at [email protected] The Food Bank of El Dorado County is also on Facebook at facebook.com/foodbankedc.