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CC Riders lend a hand to those in need

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Local train riders and community officials from left, David Kutrosky, director of the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, Auburn Councilman Kevin Hanley, Luna Salaver, spokeswoman for Capitol Corridor, Chuck Robuck, Geoff McLennan, David Martinez and Troy Kuhn, both of the Placer Food Bank, celebrate a drop-off event June 6 at the Auburn/Conheim Capitol Corridor/Amtrack Station. The drive benefited the Placer County Food Bank. The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority sponsored the annual “Fight Hunger One Stop at a Time” from June 1 through June 15. CC Riders Rocklin resident McLennan, Auburn resident Marilyn Sommerdorf and Newcastle resident Robuck organized the drop-off. Salaver said the results of the full campaign were not available Friday, but that Capitol Corridor hopes to break 1,000 pounds again this year. Last year 1,157 pounds were collected, Salaver said. Kuhn, operations director for the Placer Food Bank, said 28 pounds were donated at the Auburn/Conheim station to benefit the food bank. Robuck said he thought it was important to take care of those who don’t always have enough food. “While so many of us are suffering as a result of the economy and the loss of jobs, I feel it is extremely important for those of us who are fortunate enough to have jobs to help out those in need as much as we can,” Robuck said. “Food is not a luxury, it’s a basic.” For more information about the food drive visit capitolcorridor.org. ~Bridget Jones