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One Sunday Makes a Big Difference

Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church (also known to the community as LOPC) has been a long time supporter of the Food Bank. They have collected food donations for many years and are one of our longest running food drives. LOPC is a huge presence in the community always working with local, national and international partners to help those in need. On Sunday February 27th hundreds of volunteers helped organizations with projects throughout our community.

A very ambitious group of volunteers led by “Team Leader” Kerry Kinrade were organized and ready to work. They were able to sort and box a considerable amount of donated food enabling us to serve those in need in our community.

For more about the LOPC visit them on the web. http://www.lopc.org/

Girl Scouts in Action

We are very fortunate to have so many active Girl Scouts in our two counties who so often think of the Food Bank when having dances or creating a community service project. For example:

Glorietta Elementary School in Orinda just had a father-daughter dance and asked everyone to bring in nonperishable food. Troop #30667 in Danville just held a dance and soon Del Rey Elementary in Orinda and Valle Verde Elementary in Walnut Creek will be collecting nonperishable food at their father-daughter dances. We make it easy by bringing the barrel to you and picking up the food.

Girl Scout troops also brought food to the Food Bank at Family Volunteer Day. Troop # 20305 in Benicia collected food and delivered it in a decorated  box.. When people ask me what food we like, I ask if children will be helping to buy the food. Then I recommend that the children select some of the food so they feel a part of the giving. Peanut butter always tops the charts.

In January, we received a $25 check from with the attached note:

“Hi, my name is Lauren and I am a Girl Scout in Lafayette. One of the badges is the “Sign of the Sun” Live the Girl Scout Promise. I have been collecting plastic bottles and aluminum cans for a long time and after I saw your article in the Lafayette Today newspaper, I wanted to start donating the money I collect to the Food Bank. I plan to continue doing this but enclosed is a start”.

WOW! We were so impressed when we opened up the envelope and read the letter that we just had to share this story with our readers. We love your creative ways to collect money and food to help our mission of “Working to end hunger”.