The nearby fires have made national headlines as they have leveled entire communities. The destruction has been devastating and like everyone else, the Food Bank of Contra Costa wants to help if we can. We have touched base with the food banks that serve the people affected by these fires to see what we can do to assist them.
From what we understand, there are nearly a thousand Lake County residents who have lost their homes staying at the fairgrounds in Calistoga. Food and water were brought to the fairgrounds by the state, so that has helped with the initial set up of the site. The Napa Valley Food Bank is working with the Salvation Army, which is preparing meals for the people at the fairgrounds. Initially, they are pulling food from what they had on hand, but they are now reaching out for additional help.
We are working with the disaster response people at Feeding America to help coordinate donations from national companies. Kellogg has offered “eat from the box” cereal and snacks and C&S Grocery has offered donations from their local warehouses. We are checking in with the Napa Valley Food Bank to see how much they can warehouse and distribute and have offered to hold excess donations until they are ready to distribute the food.
The Napa Valley Food Bank is concerned about what will happen to the people at the fairgrounds long term. We are all taking this one day at a time; with the support of community members, local food banks, and Feeding America and their corporate donors, we are all making a difference.