Time to help

illustration by mark stivers

If you haven’t heard, River City Food Bank (www.rivercityfoodbank.org), a group that serves around 36,000 needy people each year, recently lost its building in a fire.

The group has moved into the building across the street, thanks to Sutter Health. However, all the food that was being stored—about 8,000 pounds—was lost.

What makes this even worse is the timing; the colder months are the busiest time for food banks. Especially with the holidays approaching, a time when food is more symbolic of hope and offers a greater sense of tradition, many people may go without. This has been a great blow to the hungry in Sacramento, not only to their physical health, but also their emotional and psychological health.

A lot of assistance has been pouring in, but they still need a lot more help. This could be in the form of food or money, but IT equipment, office supplies, phones, grocery bags, gift cards and volunteers are always needed. Times are hard, but if you’re able to help a good organization in a time of need, please do so.