“We’ve never had anything like this”: the school organizes a massive donation to the food bank

FRESNO, Calif. (KGPE) – The Central California Food Bank received one of its largest donations of the year on Thursday – just in time for the holidays.

Clovis East High School held a food drive bringing in thousands of items, which food bank officials say will feed hundreds of families as supply chain issues continue to impact daily operations.

“We’ve never had anything like this before,” said Jaclyn Pack, director of food acquisitions at Central California Food Bank.

Two full buses and a dozen vans were needed to deliver the 10,000 pounds of food the students gathered, including boxes of vegetables for pantry items. This delivery is expected to help around 500 families.

“A donation of this size is imperative, especially with all of the supply chain issues going on right now,” said Jaclyn Pack. “So just knowing that we have this food and other items that we have, we can provide a more complete meal. “

Pack says the donations will help them provide food for families in five counties. schools have donated before, but with COVID still impacting families in the Central Valley, they are especially grateful for this year’s donations.

“You have a whole bunch of people who are really invested in giving back to the community,” added Jaclyn Pack. “And just the joy that it brings, along with the food, is fantastic.”

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