Mobile food pantry makes debut in El Dorado HillsBy: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
EL DORADO HILLS, CA - The Food Bank of El Dorado County today unveiled a new way to get food to the needy.
Partnering with Rolling Hills Christian Church in El Dorado Hills, the food banks’ mobile pantry set up shop in the parking lot, distributing food to hungry families.
Mike Sproull, with the food bank, said it’s about reaching those in need.
“This is the debut of our new rural outreach mobile food pantry,” he said as volunteers set up shop and worked out a system for distribution. “It’s going to feed people throughout the county. Next is Pollock Pines and South Lake Tahoe.”
Church volunteer Marti Russ called out numbers, getting people in line to receive help.
Sproull said the 36-foot-long pantry is designed to feed 200 families when it rolls into a rural area.
Deb Wiklund, volunteering through the church, was enthusiastic as people waited patiently in chairs in the church parking lot.
“This is just wonderful,” she said of the pantry.
John Muniz, another church volunteer, looked forward to getting the kinks worked out.
“This is our maiden voyage,” Muniz said. “I think we’ve be able to make it more efficient once we get organized.”
James Worley, the food bank’s warehouse manager and pantry driver, said it will be smooth.
“I think it went well today,” he said after a dry-run with volunteers to prepare for the real thing.
Sproull said the food bank received a grant “to feed people and focus on senior citizens, which freed up money to purchase the pantry.” He wouldn’t divulge the price tag of the pantry, but said it will serve other uses in the county.
“Our hope is to respond to (emergencies) such as a fire and provide bottled water,” he said.
The pantry is run by one food bank staff member and five volunteers, according to Sproull.
Learn more about the Food Bank of El Dorado County at foodbankedc.org or call (530) 621-9950.