Published in Coast Lines, Santa Cruz Sentinel
The Service Employees International Union collected more than 1.5 tons of food in three weeks during the “Food for All” drive that spanned Northern California and the Central Valley.
Union members placed 65 bins at their worksites in 15 cities from Bakersfield to San Jose. The donations, combined with cash gifts, were enough to provide more than 7,000 meals to children, according to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
“We realized that there are members of the community who are suffering right now because they haven’t got enough money to feed their families,” said Vicki Rodriguez, vice-president of SEIU Local 521 Santa Cruz County Chapter.
Danny Keith, chief development officer for Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County, is grateful.
“As we move into summer, this is our food for children’ time of year,” he said. “Because kids that were getting support in public school systems will not have as many programs and services available to them.”