FORT BRAGG, CA — The responsibility of the entire operation of the Fort Bragg Food Bank falls on the capable shoulders of Director Amanda Friscia. The outreach of the Food Bank extends as far north as Leggett, as far south as Gualala, and as far east as Covelo. It provides for ten food distribution centers and five soup kitchens. Within Mendocino County, 2,317 families were fed with 154,396 pounds of nutritious food in 2021.
Serving as Director for almost three years, Friscia has expanded current programs and added new ones. The results speak for themselves. Seniors receive home deliveries. Volunteers bring fruits, vegetables, sandwiches, and occasionally outerwear to the homeless twice a week. School children enjoy healthy snacks while outreach helps the needy complete medical and other state assistance paperwork. The Farm Stand is open daily to all, regardless of income.
Along with a staff of twelve, Friscia has streamlined the distribution system for food orders and developed social distance curbside food pickup for weekly clients. An army of volunteers carries out every phase, such as unloading deliveries, taking curbside orders, packing weekly food bags, restocking the warehouse, making sandwiches and filling snack bags, monitoring the Farm Stand, sifting through donated vegetables, and most importantly, treating all clients with respect.
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