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Posted on Feb 19, 2019

Mobile food bank gives out all its food in 90 minutes at Quincy event

A vivid example of the great need for food in the valley during these cold months took place last Feb. 7 at the Second Harvest Mobile Food Bank event, which gathered long lines of people outside the Quincy Community Health Center.
The event, scheduled to last two hours, only lasted an hour and a half, with the volunteers running out of food.
“We had big lines,” said the health center’s Mary Jo Ybarra-Vega. “It tells you the need is great because a lot of people are not working, they haven’t gotten back to work, it’s not even spring planting.”

Volunteers braving the chilly weather are, front row, from the left: Todd Kennedy, Cynthia Rosenow (in red hat), Mary Jo Ybarra-Vega, Mely Barajas, Priscilla Tovar, Stacey Hontz, Aurelia Torres and Carmen Ybarra; back row, from the left, Lynn Bales, Jon Montgomery, Cathie Wind, Jack Eaton, Terry Whitney and Steve Bechtol.
Photo by Sebastian Moraga/Post-Register

Second Harvest had wanted to return to Quincy in December, but could not find an appropriate date, and Feb. 7 was the earliest they could do it, Ybarra-Vega said, calling the event an early Valentine’s Day gift to the community.
The Feb. 7 mobile food bank offered potatoes, onions, apples, bread, crackers, beef, croissant-style treats, frozen french fries, and stuffing.
Quincy Community Health Center sponsored this version of the event. Volunteer Cathie Wind said future editions of the Second Harvest Mobile Food Bank need sponsors.
People interested in sponsoring may contact Emily Canale at 509-939-6040.

By Sebastian Moraga,