Volunteers put in effort to gather tons of food in Folsom, El Dorado Hills

By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
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A recent “Food Blitz” raised $7,690 in cash and gifts cards for local agencies and 3,078 pounds of food for the El Dorado County Food Bank and Twin Lakes Food Bank in Folsom.

The Food Blitz was held by Hands4Hope, a youth-driven non-profit organization. More than 100 Hands4Hope volunteers worked at various grocery stores from Folsom to Placerville, collecting gift cards, cash, and food donations to help feed the hungry, officials said. Volunteers handed out a wish list of items needed at local food banks, and generous shoppers added those items to their cart.

“Each time Hands4Hope puts on the Food Blitz, I am reminded what an amazingly generous community we have,” said Jennifer Bassett, executive director of Hands4Hope. “In a short six hours, on the day before Easter, 120 volunteers collected almost two tons of food and over $7,000. Thank you to the volunteers who gave of their time and to those in the community who generously supported this cause.”

Hands4Hope is a non-profit, non-denominational, youth driven outreach organization based in El Dorado County. The organization’s mission is to grow the next generation of socially responsible citizens by engaging youth in community outreach. Hands4Hope is comprised of youth volunteers ranging in age from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Emily Smythe, 19, isn’t a volunteer with Hands4Hope – yet.

“It sounds like they are really doing some pretty cool things,” she said. “It’s good to see kids getting involved in their community. I might just have to check it out.”

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