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Stepping up: Sonoma County nonprofits find ways to feed the needy during pandemic

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Preparing to make deliveries in Sonoma County, Dave Hendrickson of Sonoma, right, and Mike Bichanich of San Diego, load groceries in to Hendrickson's vehicle at Food for Thought in Forestville, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2020

It’s almost as if Food For Thought was made for this pandemic. The Forestville-based food bank specializes in delivering groceries, and in some cases fully prepared meals, to the homes of people dealing with illnesses.

In fact, the agency was brought into existence three decades ago, by a different virus. Food For Thought was born in the late 1980s, when residents of the Russian River valley began collecting food and raising money for their neighbors with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. It has since expanded its mission, serving those suffering from a variety of illnesses. By 2020, it was serving 850 clients per week. Then the coronavirus hit.

To meet an immediate need for food in the community, executive director Ron Karp recalled, Food For Thought doubled its deliveries. In mid-May, working with the county’s public health department, it unveiled a new program catering specifically to coronavirus patients and their families, who were struggling to get food while in isolation. Since then, the agency’s COVID-19 nutrition program has served over 1,000 people.

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More Volunteers Needed for Partial Reopen of Santa Rosa Plateau

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Thank you to many in the community who responded to the first volunteer recruitment in September to help with the partial re-opening of the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. The Reserve is slowly recovering from the September 2019 Tenaja Fire and is now making plans for a partial-reopening of certain areas within the Reserve.

More volunteers are still needed.  Adults age 18-64 are invited to request a volunteer application.  All volunteers are required to complete a Riverside County Park volunteer application, a background check and be fingerprinted.  Trailhead (greeter) Trail Protection (trail access)  and Gatekeeper (closed gate) assignments will be at the Hidden Valley and Vernal Pool Trailheads on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Volunteers may be completing a 2.5 mile r/t hike to certain assignment posts. The Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve is located in the rural area west of Murrieta.

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Redwood Empire Food Bank Is Calling for Volunteers

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The Redwood Empire Food Bank needs volunteers to join the fight against hunger. A wide variety of opportunities exist, from gleaning and packaging fresh produce, to distributing healthy groceries.

The Redwood Empire Food Bank specializes in hunger relief. In addition to operating a dozen programs for children, families and seniors throughout the counties, the Redwood Empire Food Bank also runs their disaster-relief program, Station 3990, during times of crisis—as many as needed to keep up with the demand.

Volunteering for the Redwood Empire Food Bank is easy and flexible. Whether it’s just a one-time service, or ongoing. Anyone can volunteer—no previous training is required and there is no age cap.

Source: NBC Bay Area

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