The Madera Community Food Bank served 329 families.
The Coarsegold Community Center's parking lot was full of people lined up waiting for free, fresh food donated by the Madera Community Food Bank last week.
There were two truckloads of everything from mushrooms, cabbage and strawberries, to bread and desserts. Food was available to anyone in need, and the food bank served 329 families. All that was required was for each family to first sign in because the numbers of people help the food bank with grants.
The food distribution was coordinated with Food Link out of Sacramento as part of a summer giveaway of produce, according to Judy Darnell of the Madera Food Bank.
The produce food bank has been held in Madera, Chowchilla and now Coarsegold, and soon another giveaway will be held in North Fork. The date and location was unknown at press time.
The Madera Community Food Bank also has a brown paper bag program for seniors in Raymond, Coarsegold, Oakhurst and North Fork, which is a once-a-month food giveaway. The brown bag program costs $10 every six months.
Details: Judy and Dennis Darnell, (559) 674-1482.