FAIRFIELD — Mission Solano’s food supply is running low.
The nonprofit that offers meals and shelter for the area’s homeless at its two Fairfield locations is seeking donations during what’s considered the slow season.
“This is the summer slump time for Mission Solano,” said Ron Marlette, executive director.
He said 50 to 60 percent of food comes in donations and the rest is bought from the local food bank and grocery stores.
“When money’s short, it lessens the amount we can buy, and we rely on donated food,” he said.
Mission Solano currently cares for 150 people who get three meals a day, Marlette said. That’s 450 meals per day and doesn’t include the grocery bags that are given away to the area’s impoverished three days a week.
“That’s a lot of meals, that’s a lot of cooking, that’s a lot of feeding,” he said.
When the shelter does its food bag giveaways with Fairfield and Rockville Presbyterian churches, recipients are encouraged to spend their money instead on rent or utility bills, Marlette said.
“So we can help them stay in their apartments,” he said.
Mission Solano has been committed to serving the area’s homeless for 15 years. The Community Outreach Center, 740 Travis Blvd., offers shower facilities and meals, and buses take guests to different churches in the area as part of the nomadic sheltering program. The Bridge to Life Center, 310 Beck Ave., houses homeless veterans, single women, women with children and intact families, and it can potentially house up to 200 people.
“As we move the Bridge to Life Center up to capacity, everthing’s going to grow,” Marlette said.
Mission Solano is about to break ground on a $1 million culinary kitchen at Bridge to Life, Marlette said. The state-of-the-art facility will help provide vocational training in the culinary arts and offer more storage space for large pallets of food that could potentially arrive.
“This time next year, (we’ll be) actually feeding our guests in our commercial kitchen at the Bridge to Life Center,” said Marlette. “It’s going to be fabulous.”
The shelter is accepting donations of non-perishable canned goods such as meat and juice. Marlette said Mission Solano trucks will pick up large amounts of food from local businesses that want to donate.
Community groups that provide a meal at the Community Outreach Center can alleviate the situation as well. Churches and other organizations are welcome to provide a meal to the more than 60 individuals that fill the building every evening.
“We want the churches and the businesses and the civic clubs to be hands on, more involved,” Marlette said. “Once people get hands on . . . they leave their heart there . . . they physically see the lives that they’re changing.”
To donate a bag of canned goods, visit the Community Outreach Center, 740 Travis Blvd. To donate funds, visit MissionSolano.com. For information about hosting a meal at the Community Outreach Center, contact Nick Fisher at [email protected]
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