Wednesday, December 13, 2023
Photo Credit: FARSB
Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino (FARSB)'s Holiday Food Distributions was nothing short of inspiring triumphs this year! With the joyous spirit of giving, FARSB proudly distributed 5,000 turkeys in November and followed up with 6,300 hams in December to our valued community partners. Jacqueline (Villalobos) Troyn, the Partner Relations Coordinator for San Bernardino County, radiates enthusiasm when sharing the profound gratitude from our partners. "Hearing the joy in the Partners' voices when I tell them how many turkeys or hams we're providing for free is wonderful," she exclaimed. Even when we can't meet the total request, their gratitude remains, thanking us for the countless ways we support them.
Fontana Foursquare Church, a Community Partner who was a recipient of the November turkey distribution, expressed heartfelt appreciation. "Our event was successful beyond our expectations. We served about two hundred people meals on Thanksgiving Day," shared the church. The turkeys made a significant impact, and their gratitude echoed the positive ripple effect FARSB and our Partners create in the community.
The scale of impact reached new heights, feeding over 4,000 individuals in the Inland Empire during the Holiday Distributions. Daniel Sazo, Programs Coordinator, who led the event, proudly reflected on the experience, "The holiday distribution was a great experience," he said. Collaborating with dedicated volunteers, Daniel witnessed the community coming together to alleviate the burdens of the holiday season for countless families. "It's honestly a lifesaver for me," says Shanna Staley. "Being a single mom isn't easy. While I receive food stamps, it's only twenty dollars. I care for a 21-year-old with multiple disabilities, and he's quite particular about his food. Making sure I get him healthy options is a struggle, so having the turkey and receiving gift cards from Albertsons and Vons makes a difference!" View Shanna's full story HERE.
In the heart of these distributions, the spirit of generosity flourished, making a lasting difference in the lives of those we serve.