Food pantries prepare for the holidays

Food pantries prepare for the holidays

OROVILLE — Food pantries are getting ready to hand out meals for the holidays.

Paradise Gleaners, which is expanding to become Cal State Gleaners, has already begun its holiday food drive and doesn’t expect to see any shortages this year.

“We’re already, we’ve been stocking up but we’re starting our holiday food drive and searching every nook and cranny for food,” Rich Mosell, CEO, said. “Our indoor and outdoor freezers are full of frozen vegetables and other things so we’re hoping there won’t be a shortage. I think we’ll be fine.”

Gleaners will also be giving away “holiday flu and COVID” packages that include disposable masks, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.

Volunteer Troy Clendenin, left, and Kenneth Brewer, warehouse supervisor, at Paradise Gleaners in Oroville, California hold up the banner for the organization’s new name Cal State Gleaners on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. (Kyra Gottesman/Mercury-Register)

The Gleaners are open for food basket pick up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. There is no membership fee but “sponsorships” of $5 per basket are appreciated, Mosell said. Paradise Gleaners is located at 1245 Oroville Dam Blvd. suites 1 through 10.

The Oroville Rescue Mission has experienced some shortages this year, according to Annie Terry, client services director.

“The people that we thought we’re going to be supplying stuff to as it turned out that they have a shortage too,” she said. “So finding all those things like cranberry sauce, and enough canned vegetables, and stuffing has been a little challenging.”

Sunrise Rotary of Oroville was recently able to collect and donate 6,000 pounds of rice, 84 turkeys and 200 cases of green beans for holiday meals and food giveaways to the Oroville Salvation Army and the Oroville Rescue Mission. The bulk of the turkeys were donated by Wagon Wheel Market and the green beans were donated by Oroville Grocery Outlet.

“As Rotarians we want to make a difference for the local community and this is one way we are doing that,” said Jesse Gilmore, past president.

The Oroville Rescue Mission will be offering a dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 24 at El Medio Fire Department located at 3515 Myers St. The dinner offered will be to-go boxes and are served on a first come, first served basis. There are no eligibility requirements to be able to pick up a box.

The mission will also be offering to-go boxes again Dec. 24 for Christmas from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the El Medio Fire Department. The Oroville Rescue Mission will lastly be giving out toys to the kids in the community on Dec. 22 at the fire department on a first come, first served basis.

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