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Tehama Hunger Relief Charities Get Assistance From Food From the Heart

04/27/2019 11:00AM ● By Christy Milan

Community Table

May 2019
Story by Christy Milan 


“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”  - Winston Churchill


FOOD FROM THE HEART kicks off its 10th Annual fund drive during the first three weeks of May. The program is initiated by the Downtown Red Bluff Business Association and is sponsored annually by Tehama Together and the Gold Exchange. As the sponsoring agency, Tehama Together was pleased to partner with program founder Jessie Woods from the Gold Exchange. The fundraiser has continued to help many community pantries provide a variety of food choices. Funds are raised to assist in local hunger-relief charities. The funds are then divided up among Feeding America Food Bank, Grocery Outlet and Nu-Way Market. In 2017 and 2018, Food from the Heart raised $6,000 with the help of more than 200 individuals, businesses and service groups.  

In Tehama County, 27 percent of children live in households with limited or uncertain access to adequate food. They are served through local food programs every month. Approximately 6,200 of the county’s needy are served monthly. One such program, Food for the Hungry, is a Central Southeast Tehama County Food Bank. “We thank Food from the Heart for their continued support of this fund drive. It does make a difference in our community,” a spokesperson says.

Caring Choices is another recipient of funds from the fund drive. “The goal of Caring Choices is to continue to make a difference in our community,” says nutrition program manager Amilcar Avendano, crediting Food from the Heart with helping them meet that goal. “Each year, Caring Choices continues to advance its mission to improve the health and welfare of residents in Northern California by providing services that are currently nonexistent or limited in availability and accessibility, and improving community services through volunteerism.”

The Lord’s Table also relies on the generosity of donors to provide hot and nutritious lunches four days a week. “We are also very grateful for the support of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church for allowing us to use their facilities to cook and serve approximately 30 meals each time,” says Nancy Hickson, who prepares the meals. “It is gratifying that there are so many individuals who answer the call to help those who are less fortunate.”

This year’s goal is $8,000. Donations can be made through the website or directly to Tehama Together in Red Bluff. Another way to support this worthy cause is to visit the local merchants who support the fund by offering countertop canisters for their patrons to donate. “While Tehama County may trail many other California counties in wealth and resources, it is gratifying to know that we are leaders in generosity and a sense of community,” says Orle Jackson of Tehama Together. •


www.FoodFromTheHeartTehamaCounty.com

Tehama Together • 332 Pine St., Red Bluff

(530) 527-2223 • tehamatogether@gmail.com



Sponsors

Animal Health International

Gold Exchange

Feeding America Food Bank

MNS Web Design

Nu-Way Market

Red Bluff Community Center Auxiliary

Red Bluff Sunrise Rotary

Tehama County Youth Focus

Tehama Together

Sacred Heart Women’s Guild

Sparrow’s Landing

Walker Printing

Grocery Outlet

KBLF radio in Red Bluff


Participating Programs

Church Without Walls

The Lord’s Table

Salt Ranch

Bridgeway to Hope

Caring Choices

First Christian Church Corning

Food for the Hungry, PATH

Salvation Army

SDA Community Services

Tehama County Gleaners

Villa Columba Housing