How Food Banks Work
FOOD BANK DISTRIBUTION CHAIN
Every day, through the generosity of our donors, local growers provide farm-fresh produce from the fields around us. Grocers and retailers offer us perishables such as meat, bread, milk and cheese. Area ranchers give fresh eggs, tree fruits and nuts. Food drives run by groups and individuals yield much needed canned goods for our Rural Food Delivery (RFD) program. And of course, without the generous monetary donations, we would not be able to purchase the items that we need to balance our offerings.
Food Bank Warehouse
Staffed with eight full-time and part-time employees and over 300 volunteers, the warehouse collects and receives 4 million pounds of food and non-food annually. This comes in the form of fresh, frozen and shelf-stable meats, dairy, bread and grains, canned goods, baby food and even pet food. Household products such as cleaners, paper goods, laundry soap and other toiletries are donated and made available. All of our donated product is sorted, repacked, and prepared for distribution to our partner agencies and our own express programs.
Agencies and Programs
Through almost 70 partner agencies and nine direct distribution programs, we provide food to food closets, faith-based organizations, emergency shelters, migratory centers, soup kitchens, low-income housing sites, after-school programs, senior housing, Family Resource Centers, summer lunch program and residential programs in Yolo County.
31,000 Hungry Residents
Through our partner agencies and our own direct distribution programs we reach more than 19,000 households and 52,000 people each month representing children, working families, recently unemployed, veterans, students, seniors, migrant farm workers and the working poor. According to statistics, Yolo County has more than 31,000 people who are considered food-insecure.