Thursday, December 19, 2013

Copper folks and more help Resource Connection to make Santa Express a success - to feed 1300 families

The Resource Connection Food Bank to feed 1300 families this Holiday Season.

The Resource Connection, Calaveras County’s  only food bank, serves twelve community food pantries throughout the county with an estimated 1300 families expected to take part in the Santa’s Express dinner and toy distribution to be held December 20, 2013 in San Andreas, West Point, and Murphys.

With the Santa’s Express food drive almost complete the job of providing for those less fortunate has only just begun as volunteers throughout the county have been and will be working all week long packing food bags and sorting foods and toys for the upcoming event.

Food distribution at the bank is throughout the month yet the bank will be closed for normal business on the day of the Santa Express. Those who signed up for the Santa Express will be able to “drive thru the food bank” and be treated to a turkey or a ham as well as a bag full of all the necessary fixin’s to make any holiday meal complete. 

 The Himari Family hard at work: Brighton, Summer, Annalise, Grayson and Joy.

 Kertis Wainwright with Joe Tobin - food bank coordinator.

Santa Express collection boxes collected not only non-perishable foods and products but also barrels and barrels of toys to help make for a joy filled Christmas for the children.

Every family with children between the ages of 0-1 can ‘shop’ for gifts for their children from a large selection of donated gifts, finding just the right, age appropriate gift for their child. For families with older children they can ‘shop’ for a new or gently used coat for their children.

Though the Santa Express will feed approximately 1300 families according to Jeannie Hayward, Resource Connection Food Bank Director, the number of families fed this month in the San Andreas area alone has remained at approximate 1000, the same as 2012.  According to Hayward’s tally, the Resource Connection and the food banks throughout the county “serve 17% of the county’s population.”  Though many economists say the economy is turning around, to Hayward its not getting better in Calaveras. “It’s disappointing to not see the number (of food recipients) go down.” 

Hayward thanked all who have volunteered with a noted thanks to the Murphys/Angels Rotary as well as the Calaveras Rotary for donating not only a large cash donation, but also for putting in long hours of volunteer work and delivering supplies of food to many seniors and housebound persons this past weekend.


“We always need volunteers.” Said Hayward. Not only through the holidays but throughout the year volunteers are needed at the Resource Connection. If you would like to volunteer please call 209-754-1257.