COMMENTARY: It Takes A Village: Volunteer Opportunities Make A Difference In Our Community

Community Food Bank serves seniors, the disabled, unemployed and the working poor

I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Community Food Bank of San Benito County recently. It is a privilege to serve the community and join the mission to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in our community.  And from my experience, it is a well-organized operation that serves the needs of senior citizens, the disabled, unemployed and the working poor and their families in our community.

The Community Food Bank is located at 1133 San Felipe Drive – the frontage road just north of McCloskey Road in Hollister. While the organization is staffed to deliver food to various nonprofit organizations and homeless centers in the county, community members can register to pick up available foods donated to the food bank from local grocers and agricultural businesses on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

I was really impressed by the quality of the produce available through the food bank; much of the produce is high quality and organic. Food supplies are distributed until they run out of stock, so it is wise to register and show up early.

Community Engagement Director, Mark Paxton, shared that the organization will be embarking on a capital campaign to make necessary improvements to the building that houses the operation to better serve its customers.

If you are interested in contacting the Community Food Bank of San Benito County to volunteer or make a donation, please call, e-mail or visit their web site:

Office: (831) 637-0340
Fax: (831) 637-0840

Email: [email protected]


Michael Smith

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