Drive-through food distribution during coronavirus pandemic

People living in the Yankee Hill and Concow areas of Butte County have access to a drive-through food program

Posted: Mar 26, 2020 8:17 AM
Updated: Mar 26, 2020 2:57 PM

YANKEE HILL, Calif. – Making sure community members have what they need, including good nutrition was the focus of a drive-through food distribution program taking place to assist those living in the Yankee Hill and Concow communities.

Action News Now Morning Anchor Julia Yarbough stopped by the site to see first-hand how volunteers are assisting during the coronavirus pandemic.

Even in the best of times, some living in those communities say it can be tough to make it to town to stock up on food.
Now with the stay at home orders and many businesses closed, it can be even more difficult.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office teams up with the Community Action Agency of Butte County to supply a truck, loaded with pre-boxed food supplies.

Those working with C.A.A. showed Yarbough what food items are in the boxes. It included items such as cereal, trail mix, packaged chicken breasts, canned goods and juices.

It’s easy for those needing extra help to pick up a box; it is as simple as pulling through the drive-through line.

Thomas Tenorio with the Community Action Agency of Butte County says this program is about supporting the community and giving back.

“We want to make sure the folks here are protected from the Coronavirus, so we are using the drive-through method,” says Tenorio. “People can drive up, get a box for their families and drive back to where they’re from.”

Some of the volunteers on hand included members of the Butte County Sheriff’s Department’s new Citizens’ Emergency Response Team, or C.E.R.T.

Marian Wright was sworn-in just last week and is now offering volunteer hours.

“We need to help each other and we need to band together,” says Wright.

On woman Action News Now talked with says the food distribution program is an example of how people in the community are more than just neighbors; she says they are family.

“When something like this happens everyone gets involved and it’s really a nice program,” explains Madelyn Hogan.

The drive-through food distribution also had a location set up passing out boxed food in Thermalito. Organizers say anyone who needs a little extra help is welcome to drive by. Another food distribution event is scheduled to take place Friday, March 27, 2020 at the Paradise Methodist Church, in Paradise, 6722 Clark Road, from 9am – 12pm, or until supplies last.

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