About the event
Why "Running of the Turkeys" ?
Founded by the Rogers Family of Woodland in 2008, the Running of the Turkeys has become Yolo Food Bank’s signature fundraising event. This family-friendly 5k run spent its first three years at Nelson’s Grove, and has moved to Heritage Plaza in Downtown Woodland. From serious runners to families with children, the Running of the Turkeys offers a fun experience, heightens awareness about hunger in Yolo County, and raises funds to support Yolo Food Bank in providing food to our hungry neighbors.
Yolo Food Bank
The mission of the Yolo Food Bank is to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in Yolo County. Founded in 1970, the Food Bank has grown from an all-volunteer effort to a staff of 19 employees who operate out of Woodland, California, with the assistance of more than 2,000 volunteers annually. Feeding America's (2014) "Hunger in America 2014" report estimates that 44,000 Yolo County residents sought food assistance in the 2013 study period. This amounts to more than 20% of Yolo County's population being food insecure at some point(s) in that year. This number includes 10,750 hungry children under the age of 18 years old (Feeding America, "Map the Meal Gap", 2014).
Yolo Food Bank continues to provide food to children, seniors, single parents, low-income families, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Through a network of more than 63 partner agencies, including soup kitchens and food closets, and its own direct distribution programs, Yolo Food Bank provides food to approximately 23,000 people each month.
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Located in Woodland, California, the Yolo Food Bank coordinates the solicitation, purchase, storage and distribution of food from an established network of growers, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and grocery stores, while simultaneously continuing to cultivate new sources of food. We establish and maintain collaborative relationships with non-profit programs, private and public sector agencies, and service organizations throughout Yolo County as well as by fostering mutually beneficial arrangements with commercial retail and wholesale food donors.
Founded in 1970, and incorporated in 1971, the Yolo Food Bank in Northern California has grown from a backyard gleaning program, providing a few thousand pounds of food a year, to an organization staffed by 10 full-time and part-time employees and hundreds of volunteers, that distributes millions of pounds of food annually. For over 40 years now, we're working to make a difference in the lives of people all over Yolo County.
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 Yolo Food Bank 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. For more on the history of the Food Bank, check out the book, “From Pantry to Food Bank: the First 40 Years,” researched and written by local historian Shipley Walters
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. Contact Josh Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about volunteer opportunities at the Yolo Food Bank.