Wells Fargo has donated $30,000 to Community Food Bank of San Benito County. This is a much-needed infusion of financial support at a time when food insecurity is on the rise in our region.
Wells Fargo is one of the largest financial institutions in the United States, with headquarters in San Francisco, CA. They have previously supported the FoodBank through donations to the Student Snack Bag Program and even volunteer time generously given by their staff.
Community FoodBank normally serves 6,000 individuals each month, although that number has grown to 7,000+ during the COVID-19 situation and the increasing economic uncertainty in our state.
Food bank staff and volunteers have responded to the surge in need, as well as the new health environment, by changing operations and taking precautions. The usual indoor shopping experience has been transformed into a drive-thru grocery pick-up for customers. Volunteers from the City of Hollister and the California Conservation Corps are assisting with this new operation.
Community FoodBank is also providing PPE (personal protective equipment) to staff and volunteers, rearranging food sorting and packaging stations, purchasing new equipment, and installing new signage.
“The food bank staff and volunteers have changed their entire work environment very quickly to respond to this health situation, not to mention the increase in the number of customers we’re seeing each day,” said Maria Lynn Thomas, CEO of Community Food Bank of San Benito County. “Support from Wells Fargo eases the financial burden so we can focus on providing food to our neighbors at this trying time.”