We take the food to those who can't come to us.
Due to the growing population of senior citizens, a few years ago we realized that there was going to be a growing group of people that would be physically unable to get to the food bank site to collect needed food items. In November 2015, we were able to raise the funds and purchase a new refrigerated van, so we would be able to take groceries, fresh produce, and fresh dairy to many who would never be able to come to us.
Our first pilot program for the POW (Pantry on Wheels) Van was started in February 2016 and a second site has been added since the end of May 2016. It is our desire that this program will continue to grow as needs are found around our community.
Hunger is a rather complex issue that holds much of the world’s family in bondage. Because of the scope of hunger, many people feel there is nothing that one person can do. People often think the tragedy is too massive for one person’s action to be effective. However, that simply isn't the case. Each one of us can make an impact on behalf of our hungry brothers and sisters.
Ten ThingsYou Can Do To Fight Hunger
While it is true that not every Christian is called to do the same thing,
each is called to do something.
7 days of food to help get through the month.
Anyone in need can come to the food bank during any of the hours listed below in order to receive approximately 7days worth of groceries along with fresh milk, eggs, and produce. Visit our "my first visit" page to see what documentation will be needed in order to be registered. We look forward to serving you.
Coming to the food bank for the first time can seem overwhelming, but our dedicated team of volunteers are here to help you during this time.
When you first arrive, you will need to park in the Mt Olive Lutheran Church parkinglot across the street from the food bank. If you have a disabled placard, there are two parking spaces available in the front of our building. Then, simply come through the first door in the building to enter our registration area. Someone from our registration team will assist you as soon as they are available. Here is a list of the items you will need to bring with you in order to get registered for the first time:
1) Proof of address in our service areas (Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Granite Bay). We are able to provide a one-time service to those outside of our distribution areas, and then we will help direct you to an organization where you live.
2) Proof of identity for those in your household. IDs are required for anyone over the age of 18 and birth certificates, medical cards, or school IDs are needed for anyone under the age of 18. We will provide you with food based on the size of your household, so please make sure to have these documents available.
3) Registration form. This will be given to you in our office when you first arrive. It only takes a few minutes to fill out and we can answer any questions you may have.
That's it! After your first visit, the only thing necessary is a piece of mailpost-marked/datedwithin 90 days that has your name and current address on it. You are able to visit the food bank once per month and anyone over the age of 60 is able to visit twice per month. We are open for distribution:
Tuesday - 9:00AM-12:30PM; 4:30PM-6:00PM
Wednesday - 9:00AM-12:00PM
Thursday - 9:00AM-12:30PM
Our garden needs you!
We have a garden with 48 raised beds and several fruit trees that need constant care. If you have a green thumb (or you would like to learn how to have one,) come volunteer your time to make a difference by providing healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables to those in our community.
Here are 7 ways you can help:
1) Pray. We need God's provision and wisdom as we manage the wonderful donations and volunteers that support our ministry. Please get your families and churches to pray for us on a regular basis.
2) Donate food. Purchase a few extra items when you are at the grocery store and bring them down to the food bank. Every can goes a long way to meeting the need!
3)Hold a food drive. Get your workplace, neighborhood, or other place of business you frequently go to involved in holding a food drive. Contact our office for more information about how we can assist you in making your food drive a great success!
4) Donate cash. We can leverage your dollars by purchasing items in bulk for distribution. We can often save 50-100% off retail which means your donation can feed even more people.
5) Volunteer your time. We always need volunteers to help sort and distribute food to our clients. Get started today.
6) Donate from your garden. If you grow fruits and vegetables at your home, pick a few extra boxes and bring them down to be given away. The extras from your fruit trees and vegetable gardens are greatly appreciated.
7) Donate/Sponsor during a number of events organized by our agency throughout the year, including our marquee annual dinner & auction held in early November. Our events are well received and popular, which allows our donors/sponsors tremendous exposure within the community by being supporters of the Twin Lakes Food Bank.
Stay up-to-date on what's going on at Twin Lakes Food Bank! Please let us know how you'd like to be part of the difference in your community.