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August 2021: CEO Message - Leonard O. Hansen Ph.D

August has proven to be a hot month, hot from fires, from weather, from news topics... and a month where food is in hot demand. Of course, the uptick in demand began in March of 2020, but there hasn't been much slowing since then. Just last week, at 11:30am, there was still a line well downtime second block of West Scotts Avenue. In fact, a few times we stayed open past noon to clear the line the best we could. We are grateful for volunteer groups that aid with the distribution, without them, well, we don't want to imagine that scenario.

Thank you Victory Outreach Church, North Stockton Rotary Club, Abbott Fund, Latter Day Saints, Central Valley Community Bank and more! Every month we are low on volunteers, but then these organizations show up and answer our needs. Thank you! We love seeing return volunteers and new organizations each month.

As for the heat from fires, August has been busy with fires across the state, as well as along our fence line. We are grateful for security and Jimmy, the two that often see the fires before anyone else. Their dedication to keeping the Emergency Food Bank safe and standing is applauded! They call the crews and Stockton Fire shows up to douse the flames, time and time again. Thankfully damage to our facility continues to be minimal. 

We continue to keep up with the demand for food thanks to many donations from organizations all over, most of which are food donations, but an occasional pallet of crayons, furniture, and the life are also received. We find good homes for everything that comes our way. It's what we do -- fulfilling the Mission – “a safety net of food, nutrition, health education and hope.”  

Be Well,

Leonard



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