Monday Apr 09 2012
Folsom's Twin Lakes Food bank offers meals for needy families
By: Laura Newell, Telegraph staff writer
1,200 Easter baskets, 660 meals distributed last week
More than 650 families were provided Easter dinners last week at Twin Lakes Food Bank in Folsom. Volunteer Candy Colson, of Folsom, said 1,200 children’s Easter baskets and about 660 Easter dinners were given to needy families in the community. Easter dinners included a ham or frozen turkey, stuffing, canned vegetables and ready-to-bake pies. Skye Beck, of Orangevale, received Easter baskets and a dinner for her family at last week’s Easter giveaway. “The food bank is an amazing thing,” Beck said. “My husband is in construction and lost his job. We wouldn’t be able to do these special things for our kids without them because we have to cut our finances from somewhere. The food bank is a gift from God.” Approximately 65 volunteers pitched in at the giveaway to help distribute baskets and dinners. Austin Clarke, 16, is a sophomore at Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills and volunteered to fulfill community service hours for school. Clarke helped walk customers to their car to unload their baskets. Steve Owens, of Folsom, is a regular volunteer at the food bank and came out to help distribute Easter hams. “This is a way for me to give back to the community that gave to me for so long,” Owens said. For more information on Twin Lakes Food Bank, visit twinlakesfoodbank.org or call (916) 985-6232.