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April 27, 2012 > Feeding the Hungry

Feeding the Hungry

Freshly, Healthily and Heartily

Submitted By Melissa Ponchard

Holiday food donations received by Tri-City Volunteers (TCV) that filled their shelves and food baskets in December were exhausted by mid-February. The community food pantry which helps local families in need is the biggest sub-agency of the Alameda County Community Food Bank having already distributed 4.4 million pounds this last fiscal year. That's up from just 1.2 million pounds two years ago.

Right now, TCV is in the midst of its Spring Appeal. Donations of food or clothing are highly regarded since the agency has had to respond to the biggest demand ever for resources over the course of the past twelve months.

Because the pantry has the ability to buy food in bulk, at a lower price, thanks to strong relationships with local suppliers including Sysco Foods and Food Max, the best way to donate is with a financial contribution.

For forty-two years, TCV has provided bi-monthly food assistance to low and very low income residents of Fremont, Union City and Newark. Recipients include those who have recently become unemployed, ex-NUMMI workers whose benefits have now expired, individuals on fixed-incomes, part-time hospitality and retail workers, senior citizens and families struggling with increases in rent and utilities amid unexpected car repairs, medical bills and school expenses not to mention financial emergencies.

TCV's goal is to alleviate hunger in the Tri-Cities by distributing high-quality nutritious food. All members of TCV strongly believe seniors and families deserve access to fresh fruit and vegetables; they are committed to stretching agency's dollars to make sure farm-fresh produce is in every cart that rolls out of the warehouse.

In their efforts to make hunger a distant memory, Tri-City Volunteers will place collection barrels in schools, churches and businesses on request any time throughout the year - hunger is year round. To request a barrel, or to make a financial donation, visit:

Photo Caption: Executive Director Melissa Ponchard says, "The most popular of four TCV food programs is our own Tri-City Blend composed of food items we collect ourselves from local grocery stores, urban farmers and food drives hosted by churches, schools and community interest groups.

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