Here’s how much food county employees in the Transitional Assistance Department collected for low-income families
By Staff report
San Bernardino County employees in the Transitional Assistance Department this year collected more than 27,000 food items for those in need to be distributed through Community Action Partnership Food Bank.
The county employees take the first week of October — Customer Service Week — to recognize their customers and give back to the community with a department-wide food drive in partnership with CAP Food Bank, according to Gilbert Ramos, director of the county’s Transitional Assistance Department. This is the third year TAD collected and donated items to the food bank.
Ramos said the chance to help feed local families, especially during the upcoming holidays, is something the staff takes pride in.
TAD employees already work with the most vulnerable in the community, and they understand the needs low-income families face on a daily basis. TAD serves more than one million people in either CalWORKs, CalFresh, and/or MediCal programs throughout the year. And while demand is trending downward for these programs, Ramos said in the email, the need for medical assistance has been increasing.
“We are always here for those who are in need in our community. Our department works every day to ensure San Bernardino County residents have access to financial, nutritional and medical assistance, said Ramos.
“Donating food to the Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County Food Bank is just one way we can work together as we help meet the basic needs of those in our community,” he said.
In 2016, the CAP Food Bank received and distributed $19 million worth of food. This year, the food bank saw an increase.
“We have already exceeded the amount of donated food received and distributed this year, and are projecting an estimated total of 13.5 million pounds of food valued at over $22 million,” Brandon Romano, program manager II at CAP Food Bank, said in an […]