Stuff-a-bus needs community's help

2nd annual event stocks food closet pantry
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
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Over the last few days, Auburn Interfaith Food Closet volunteers say they’ve provided about 70 people a day with food. “We’re really going through food fast,” said Barbara Tellman, food closet publicity chair. “We’re going to really look forward to getting some more food on Saturday.” This weekend the second annual Auburn KidzKanKount Stuff-A-Bus event will park itself outside the Safeway grocery store located on 2550 Bell Road in Auburn and collect non-perishable food items for the food closet. “We hope that we do completely stuff the bus like we did last year,” said Pat Thomas, president-elect of the Auburn Kiwanis. Volunteers will be collecting items from grocery lists they hand out to shoppers between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The list includes foods such as canned fruits, vegetables and soups as well as macaroni and cheese and spaghetti. Monetary donations are also accepted. Last year the local Kiwanis Club donated over $200, Thomas said. Sponsors for this year’s donation event include Leigh Witzke Insurance Agency and Placer Foothills Women’s Club volunteers. Thomas said she hopes the community can rally to help those in need. “We’re a smaller community and we help our fellow people that are around us,” Thomas said. “The economy is such that there are a lot of people that have suffered from it. I think that anyone of us can think of somebody who’s been laid off.” Tellman added that timing couldn’t be better. “We’re really happy they’re doing it,” Tellman said. “This is a time when sometimes we don’t have enough of the staple food items to feed our people.” Jenifer Gee can be reached at ---------- No garden foods Recently the Auburn Interfaith Food Closet has had to turn down donations of fresh produce from private gardens. Barbara Tellman, publicity chair for the food closet, said county staff informed volunteers that they could only accept fresh fruit and vegetables from certified farmers. “Unfortunately we’re having to turn down all this fresh produce,” Tellman said. “We can still take food from certified farmers. We just can’t take it from people’s gardens, we’re sorry to say.” ----------