The Yolo Food Bank began as an all-volunteer effort in 1970. Several key events in the late 1960s provided fodder for the food bank movement across the country and here in Yolo County. In addition to the social upheaval that led to a questioning of authorities and a focus on how to fix things here at home, a CBS special report on “Hunger in America” shed light on a problem many had been blind to. This motivated community members to join efforts in combating such a tragedy in the “land of plenty,” and launched the work that would develop into the Food Bank of Yolo County as we know it today. Known as the Yolo County Coalition Against Hunger, volunteers used their own vehicles to gather and deliver food to the needy in Yolo County.
Hundreds of dedicated and reliable volunteers contribute significantly to our ability to run an efficient and cost effective program. Volunteers work in the warehouse, the front office, at special events, at distribution sites, and in organizing donation and food drives.