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YOLOBUS and Food Bank Partner to Fight Hunger in Yolo County this Holiday Season! 12.03.12 10:58 am



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Yolobus, Yolo County’s transit provider, has teamed with the Food Bank of Yolo County and Veolia Transportation to help fight hunger this holiday season with the inaugural Stuff a Yolobus food drive.  Yolobus will accept non-perishable food donations on December 8th during the Woodland Holiday Parade.  Volunteers from both Yolo County Transportation District and Veolia Transportation will be walking with the bus on the parade route and collecting food donations, which will be provided to the Food Bank of Yolo County.  Donors should wave to the volunteer nearest them.  The volunteer will come up to the donor and accept the non-perishable food item.

According to the US Census Bureau, in 2010, 21 million people live in working-poor families. This means nearly 9.6 percent of all American families living below 100 percent of poverty have at least one family member working.  What many people don’t understand is that anyone can experience hunger.  It is a silent epidemic that affects 49 million Americans.

According to August 2011 Feeding America Meal Gap Survey nearly 30,000 Yolo County residents, including children, low-income families, seniors on fixed incomes, those living with HIV or AIDS, the homeless and people struggling to move from welfare to work, live with the threat of hunger.  Over 10,000 students in Yolo County schools are eligible for free or reduced-price school breakfast programs.  Yolobus and the Food Bank of Yolo County urge you to reach out to those less fortunate during this holiday season.

The Food Bank of Yolo County was founded in 1970, incorporated in 1971, and has grown from a backyard gleaning program, providing a few thousand pounds of food a year, to an organization staffed by 10 full-time and part-time employees and hundreds of volunteers. They now distribute millions of pounds of food annually. For over 40 years they have worked to make a difference in the lives of people all over Yolo County. The Food Bank coordinates the solicitation, storage and distribution of food from an established network of growers, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and grocery stores, while continuing to cultivate new sources of food. They establish and maintain collaborative relationships with non-profit programs, private and public sector agencies, and service organizations throughout Yolo County as well as by fostering mutually beneficial arrangements with commercial retail and wholesale food donors.

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