June 23, 2020– The Community Food Drive Project (CFDP), a collaboration between several different organizations, made over 500 deliveries during 11 weeks of operation, delivering to about 60 households each week. As Lake County works toward reopening, the CFDP is suspending operations until further notice, with the final delivery slated for July 2.
The CFDP delivered food directly to the homes of Lake County residents, focusing on those who experienced lost wages, were without transportation, were medically fragile, symptomatic or COVID positive. The goal of the project was to fill a gap, serving those who were not currently accessing other community food resources. Food bags were packed by staff and volunteers and delivered directly to people’s homes by drivers and vehicles provided by Lake Transit Authority.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the support from partners and our community during this time,” says Valerie Cox, Disaster Case Manager for North Coast Opportunities. “We are grateful for the opportunity to serve during a time of crisis. Since Lake County is beginning to reopen and people are slowly returning to work, the CFDP has decided to suspend operations.” The CFDP is committed to restoring an appropriate version of the project if the pandemic worsens or if another crisis arises in the future.
Other food resources continue to be available to the community. Individuals who need food assistance are encouraged to visit Partnership Health Plan’s website for an updated list and schedule of local food pantries. Community Resource Lists and CalFresh applications are available at the Lake County Department of Social Services. The Covid19 Senior Resource Hotline continues to connect senior citizens to active senior centers. Any individual over the age of 60 is encouraged to call 888-861-8622 to get the resources they need to stay home and safe.
“The CFDP was successful due to the outpouring of community donations received,” says Robyn Bera, Director of Community Projects for North Coast Opportunities. “Any remaining funds will be reserved to support community food security during a future crisis.”
Agency partners in this collaboration include: Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, Hope Crisis Response Network, Hope Rising Lake County, Lake County Department of Social Services, Lake County Office of Education, Lake County Tribal Health, Lakeport Senior Center, Lake Transit Authority, North Coast Opportunities and Partnership Health Plan.
More information is available at www.hoperisinglc.org/CommunityFoodDriveProject. For a full list of food resources visit https://bit.ly/2YpmgJ6 or visit the Lake County Department of Social Services, located at 15975 Anderson Ranch Parkway in Lower Lake.