• Large Gift Gives Food Bank a Huge Boost

    An early morning arson fire on March 21 destroyed the Monterey Food Bank’s small fleet of refrigerated trucks and the loading dock in Salinas. Smoke damage necessitated the destruction of a warehouse full of food donated to help feed Monterey County’s hungry.

    Original estimates put the damage at $500,000 but have since risen to more than $1 million. Thousands have rallied to replenish the food stores and donate cash to help get the bank back in business. Collection points sprang up and California Water Service, among other private donors, gave $10,000.

    Today, an informal group of five local funders announced grants of $418,500 to the Food Bank for Monterey County.

    The grants were approved in less than five days in an extraordinary effort to provide immediate relief so that the Food Bank could re-open as quickly as possible. The grants are coming from:

    •           Community Foundation for Monterey County
    •           The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
    •           First 5 Monterey County
    •           Harden Foundation
    •           Monterey Peninsula Foundation
    •           Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation
    •           Pebble Beach Company Foundation
    •           United Way Monterey County

    The group meets monthly. A spokesperson pointed out that the funders are especially aware of the vital role the Food Bank plays in maintaining the community’s safety net.  Immediately after the devastating fire, foundation representatives visited the Food Bank to view the damage and confer with Melissa Kendrick, Executive Director of the Food Bank, to determine the most critical needs.

    Said Dan Baldwin, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, “They know people will go hungry if the Food Bank is unable to replenish the warehouse, rebuild the infrastructure and replace trucks.“

    The group hopes that their leadership will further stimulate the monetary donations that are urgently needed. Estimates are than 20 percent of Monterey County’s population depends on the Food Bank in order to eat. And half of them are children. To donate, contact the Food Bank at www.foodbankformontereycounty.org. Other local providers , like St. Mary’s By The Sea in Pacific Grove, depend on the Food Bank to feed their own clients and are also urgently seeking food and cash donations.

     

    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 30, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News

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