There are moments in life when we stand back amazed at the generosity of our donors and what it allows us to do for our community. Besides the daily work we do to feed people in need, the Community Action Agency’s North State Food Bank plays a vital role in disaster preparedness. Over the last year we have seen all manner of disasters up and down the state of California. From devastating wildfires to floods and deadly mudslides the state has been rocked by disasters that leave people without places to stay and food to eat. In our own community, just a little over a year ago, we saw a prime example of residents displaced by disaster when 180,000 people had to be evacuated from the area around the Oroville Dam.
Here’s how the North State Fook Bank staff sprang into action to help:
Sunday, February 12th 2016: A sudden evacuation of over 180,000 people went into effect for Oroville and the surrounding communities due to the eroding Oroville Dam Spillway. Community Action’s North State Food Bank is proud to have played a key role in helping ensure that Oroville evacuation sites had enough food to feed those who were evacuated from their homes due to the eroding Oroville Dam Spillway.
Monday, February 13th 2016: Food Bank staff sprang into action and drove into Oroville, where our warehouse is located (with police permission) to load up trucks with food. We delivered 2,000 pounds of food and beverages to the Neighborhood and Grace Community Churches in Chico to help feed the several hundred people who sought refuge at each of those shelters.Tuesday February 14th 2016: We received word that there were 150 evacuees at Bangor Elementary school in a remote part of the county. Some had babies but had run out of diapers and formula. The shelter also didn’t have enough food for everyone that day. Again, NSFB staff headed to Oroville and loaded up several trucks. One truck took 800 pounds of food as well as infant formula and baby diapers to Bangor Elementary. The team also delivered 8,200 pounds of food to the Chico Salvation Army, enough to feed the 1,700+ evacuees at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds for several meals.
The three days of effort above were made possible because of food in our warehouse from donors and supporters. Whether it is to relieve daily hunger, or to support displaced families during a disaster, Community Action works, and your support is central to that success. Food and water shortages are common in communities experiencing natural disasters. By maintaining a well-stocked food bank, we can support the community in times of need. Your donations are vital to our continued success.
Your gratefully received contributions to the North State Food Bank are tax-deductible as allowed by the IRS. Tax ID#94-1640546.
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Since 1967, the Community Action Agency of Butte County has been serving the needs of the region in alignment with the charter of the National Community Action Agencies overarching goal: To alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty by whatever means necessary in your community. As Butte County CAA, we provide hope to people struggling with poverty to become more self-sustaining by meeting tangible needs in the areas of energy savings, affordable food, and housing. Connect with us to find out how you can get involved.