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The ATCAA Food Bank solicits, transports, and distributes donated foods to individuals, families, and community based emergency food pantries in Amador, Tuolumne, and Mariposa Counties. We are a volunteer driven program, currently utilizing more than 800 regular volunteers to keep the emergency food safety net secure. Many of our volunteers receive job training while working here in areas that include forklift operation, inventory control, facility and/or vehicle maintenance, customer relations and data management.
Food distribution sites have been established at various locations throughout Tuolumne County. Please see current Food Bank Brochure for times and locations. Our direct service programs target demographic groups that are more isolated, like seniors and children or those living in outlying areas of the county. More than 50% of the foods we collect and distribute are to local emergency food pantries to insure that our local safety net is secure. With an eye on nutrition, we are pleased to report that 40% of the food we distribute is fresh produce.
The Food Bank, in cooperation with several local community groups also provides holiday baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas each year. Applications are available at all post offices, the Food Bank, food distribution sites and several food pantries in Tuolumne County in October.
Our current focus is to improve the nutrition available to those depending on charitable foods. Recent survey results have demonstrated a significant lack of access to calcium in the safety net. The Food Bank is addressing this through organizing community food drives for cheese and other calcium rich products. To become involved in this effort of other Food Bank work please contact us at (209)984-3960 ext 105.
Funding support for the Food Bank is provided through such sources as fundraisers, grants, and donations from individuals, businesses, community groups, and foundations.
Interested in learning more about Food Bank services in Tuolumne County? Download the ATCAA Food Bank Brochure here.
Director, Food Bank
(209) 984-3960, ext. 102
427 N. Hwy 49, Sonora, CA 95370