SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A spot recognized for the assistance they lend others is discovering themselves in want now, too.
As he packs and unpacks every field of meals, Wealthy Harrington hopes he makes somebody’s day somewhat brighter.
“When you see that look of sincere gratitude or appreciation,” Harrington mentioned. “I don’t know that you can ask for anything more.”
The recipe to success: Harrington has volunteered at River Metropolis Meals Bank for the final two months, getting ready meals for households in want.
“I can’t think of a better way to give back to those who may not have had much fortune or luck,” he mentioned.
However the meals bank has a necessity of its personal, too – extra folks like Harrington.
“They are truly the lifeline of the work that we do,” Amanda McCarthy, the meals bank’s govt director mentioned.
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Because the pandemic rages on, the variety of volunteers has dropped. Many common volunteers are older and extra at-risk, in order that they’re staying house. Others may have returned to work, or are working via distance studying with children at house.
“We need help more than ever,” McCarthy mentioned. “It’s critical we have the help we need on a consistent basis.”
The meals bank already has lots on its plate. Between the pandemic and wildfires, extra persons are turning to them for help. The necessity has elevated 30 p.c as they serve greater than 4,000 folks per week.
“People are having to make these choices, these impossible choices,” McCarthy mentioned. “Like buying food or paying rent, childcare – and no one should have to make those choices.”
Folks like Harrington hope others take part, too.
“Just doing what you can for the less fortunate is truly one of the gifts we can give back,” Harrington mentioned.
To enroll to volunteer, go to rivercityfoodbank.org.