Photo credit: John Chadwell

Wow, what a hard working crew!

A team from South Valley Community Church Hollister donated their time and talents on Compassion Sunday, October 16th, a day to “bring church” to the local community by performing good-works projects. Here at the Food Bank, teams cleaned and vacuumed the offices, sorted through dozens of boxes of outdated materials, e-waste, and even typewriters in the loft, washed produce bins, and ran a human assembly line that built 1,756 backpack bags (that’s a new record!). The backpack bags will be delivered to schools throughout the community to children who don’t get enough nutritious food over the weekend.

South Valley Community Church is a partner by designating the Food Bank as one of their local missions. Several times per year they conduct food drives for our backpack bag program and volunteer for special projects, such as Compassion Sunday. In the words of Campus Pastor, Mike Paddy, “We believe that church is more than just a Sunday morning experience. It’s the people of God who see service as an important aspect of our DNA and ministry, every day, every hour. Helping some of the neediest people in our county reflects the love God has for all of us and we are proud to be partnering with the Community Food Bank in their fine efforts!”

Thank you Pastor Mike and all the volunteers from South Valley Community Church!

Photo credit: John Chadwell


Maria Lynn Thomas is the Chief Executive Officer of Community Food Bank of San Benito County.



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