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December 10, 2013 > Making Hunger History

Making Hunger History

Submitted By Melissa Ponchard

Once again, an annual appeal has been launched by Tri-City Volunteers food bank to collect food and financial donations to support vulnerable and elderly people living in the area. The project has already helped to distribute 4,130 Thanksgiving packages, including 1,000 turkeys. Another 4,000 packages will also be needed for Christmas.

With government cuts to food stamps and the prospect of another grim economic holiday forecast, young families as well as older and other vulnerable people are at risk emotionally as well as nutritionally. We have 16,000 people struggling with poverty in our area. One quarter of our food bank recipients are children, with seniors (a great many of whom live alone) making up another quarter.

Your response to the Making Hunger History appeal through the overwhelming generosity of local supporters will hopefully mean that Tri-City Volunteers can make it through its 43rd year helping thousands of people access needed food.

All the money Tri-City Volunteers raises is used for the direct benefit of the older people and vulnerable families who suffer because of poverty. Your donations support those most in need of help, allowing the organization to make sure people stay warm, eat well, and remain positive.

Anyone interested in setting up a collection point at their work, school, or church to receive non-perishable food items is encouraged to contact Tri-City Volunteers at (510) 793-4583 or email sgovea@tri-cityvolunteers.org.

For more information about Tri-City Volunteers, visit www.tri-cityvolunteers.org.

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