FAIRFIELD — The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano opened the doors to its Fairfield warehouse Saturday afternoon for Family Volunteer Day to showcase and educate people about the organization.
Volunteers ages 5 and older could take a tour of the facility, help bag tangerines, make crafts and learn about hunger in Solano County.
One of the activities geared toward children tried to show how much it costs to take care of a family of four. The family in the scenario had $2,200 to spend a month on rent, electricity, transportation and other common living expenses. What was left over was used for food.
The activity was eye-opening for young participants, such as 11-year-old Jasmine Anderson. She said it was shocking that the family “had so little money.”
“They really had to use it wisely,” she said.
Jasmine’s grandmother, Gail Lamkins, brought Jasmine and her sister, Laila Anderson, to the food bank to teach them about hunger in the community.
“I want them to be more aware of the poverty level people live in in the community,” she said.
During the tour, Larry Sly, the food bank’s executive director, talked about how the organization feeds more than 149,000 people in Solano and Contra Costa counties each month.
Jack Berrara, 7, asked Sly many questions about the food bank and where the food came from. But Jack said he was most interested in the warehouse’s big equipment, such as the forklift.
“I liked seeing the machines,” he said. “They were pretty good.”
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