Tuesday Dec 20 2011
Twin Lakes Food Bank need rises as lines lengthen in Folsom
By: Eric Laughlin, Telegraph correspondent
FOLSOM, CA - Families in the region are finding it tough to put food on the table, if the number of those served by the local food bank is any indication. With more people struggling to make ends meet, there’s more pressure on charitable organizations helping those in need. Twin Lakes Food Bank in Folsom is an example of just such an organization in need. In 2008, the food bank served an average of 1,440 people each month. This year, that number has shot up to 2,460. “With the lines at the food bank lengthening, we are seeing a different face lining up for donated groceries, clothing and other resources,” said Twin Lake’s executive director Tammy Thompson. “It could be your neighbor. They are people that just got laid off, the working poor, or people who find they are making tough choices about which bills to pay first.” Thompson said roughly 40 percent of those served are children, and that they are serving more seniors who in some cases, donated to the food bank themselves when times were better. “They share their stories with us,” she said. “It used to be going without medicine, because they didn’t have enough money to pay for food and medicine was incidental.” Thompson said she’s seen the community come together and much of it is awareness. “The community has come together for us in the past,” she said. “We just have to let people know about the long lines we’re experiencing.” Thanksgiving last month, she said, was an example of the community reaching out to their neighbors in need. “We provided 811 families with a turkey and all the trimmings,” she said. “It was an amazing event with the community rallying around us to help make it possible.” Anthony Paim of Folsom said he’s seen more people around him have to “tone down” their expenses. “They’re cutting out the little things so they can eat,” he said. “A lot of people I know dropped cable and they just watch movies and videos on the Internet.” Thompson said Twin Lakes’ is taking donations in the form of cash, food or other items that can be passed on to those in need. For more information, call her at (916) 985-6232, or visit twinlakesfoodbank.org. “People often think the tragedy is too massive for one person’s action to be effective,” she added. “However, that is simply not the case.” * * * HOW TO HELP Twin Lakes Food Bank accepts cash, food, clothing or other items that can be passed on to those in need. For more information, call (916) 985-6232, or visit twinlakesfoodbank.org.