Many Hands Get the Job Done at Redwood Empire Food Bank!


Twenty-four Impact100 Sonoma members and guests pulled on rubber gloves and got busy bagging produce in the cool warehouse of Redwood Empire Food Bank’s (REFB) Santa Rosa facility on December 19. Half of the group bagged apples while the other half bagged pears — all to the cheerful strains of holiday music and lively chatter.

In less than 2 hours the group packaged 6,000 pounds of fruit, ready for distribution!

Jean Larson of REFB welcomed everyone and gave an enlightening history of the food bank. Every year REFB receives 15 million pounds of food, more than half of that fresh produce.  Local wineries offer eight months of free storage, worth about $500,000 in rent.

The combined efforts of many people and businesses create ways for nearly 30 different varieties of fruits and vegetables to get collected, stored, packaged and disseminated throughout the county. A big thank you goes out to REFB and to all of the volunteers who made the day both successful and fun.