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[] )7 /s donates needy ) ee Below Giving Tree at Exchange See Page 7 r Published weekly since 1879 erdale, Sonoma County, CA December 10, 1997 1879 B&B tour a success See Page 5 A Hoag & Sons 127 Railroad Spnngport MI 49284 Vol. CXVIII, Issue 50 z5 118 years of serving the community 50 Cents :Friday night the City of Cloverdaie held its annual tree lighting ceremony at the plaza. Caroliers from loverdale High School Chorus entertained the crowd and led everyone in song. The Cloverdale provided free hot chocolate and donuts for everyone and the kids had a great time. Pictured from Ire: Katie Wilson, Sierra Fonnest, Jeni Aldrich, Shelley Frushour, and Karl Joly. Mindy Hare (r), Barrett Sink, and Taylor Sink helped light the Christmas tree during the annual ceremony held at the City plaza last Friday nighL Taylor and Barrett's Dad, Mayor Tom Sink, addressed the crowd and urged everyone to reflect on' the true spirit of Christmas. A large crowd of people gathered at the plaza to enjoy the event and listen to music provided by Cloverdaie High School musicians. II II I I , II T  I I ;upport growing for year around program for the disadvantaged III I 00verdaie Food Pantry has been Dviding free food since 1990... Roberta Lyons Cloverdale's unique social organizations helping the is a year around effort and omething that happens just g the Holidays.  Cloverdale Food Pantry is ach organization, providing d to the needy on a weekly Every Friday at I p.m. peo- me to the United Church they receive bags of pro- bakery items, and canned I- no questions asked. )Food Pantry was started in following a brainstorming a by United Church pastor, Waring, and then First Bap- lurch Pastor, Hodges Vicel- tor Waring said that 75 peo- Owed up for the first organi- al potluck and interest and rt for the project has not d. "This community is just. i at. We started out thinking i ould distribute food once a h; soon it was once a week e everyone wants to give axticipate." churches- United Church, aptist, and St. Peter's Cath- urch run the program. Vol- !rs from each church take Istaffing the pantry and pre- g the food for distribution r week. )ring stressed that the Food Y is locally supported. She ited the importance of such charities in Cloverdale be- !of the City's distance from i L Ros a and the difficulty that 'local people have in access- .'vices available to others in metropolitan areas of the te Food Pantry is totally sup- 'i by the community. Just reek we received a $2,000 t in the plate during our h service," Waring said. Friday between 60 and 80 lds are served by the Food y. When considering all rs in each family, the Pas- I timates that up to 400 peo- week are benefitting from vice. Food Pantry clientele range .Working poor families, in- Ftg many Hispanics; women i hildren on welfare, home- dividuals and families and elderly women. According to Waring, the pre- dominance of women- especially elderly women - taking advan- tage of the food program points to what is commonly called the feminization of poverty. "Many women don't have the resources available to them that men do. They don't know how to access the system either, so we are seeing more and more wom- en, especially elderly women, needing the help that we offer on a local level," Waring noted. Jerry Alderson, a resident of Cloverdale and member of the United Church, works with the Food Pantry, helping to organize pickup and delivery of goods. Active with a large food bank when he lived in Eureka, Alder- son commented that" bottom line, the pantry provides consistency and nutrition for people who in manweWays are just hanging on." n talking about why it is important for a community to help people who are often considered "outcasts," he expressed the thought that any community is only as strong as its weakest link. "Do we really want these peo- ple to feel totally left out? Because of efforts like the Food Pantry, they feel like they are part of the community; they feel that people care about them." Recently the churches decided to start serving hot soup to needy dtizens once a month. At the first serving, held the third Friday in November, over 50 people showed up. "It was neat," commented Al- derson.  People were happy to be part of what really felt like a com- munity event. There were lots of kids, but they just settled down quietly and played cooperatively on the floor. It was very pleas- ant." Plans call for serving hot soup and coffee the third Friday of ev- ery month through the winter. The soup is served in the Church and as Alderson said, "anybody can come." The next serving is slated for Friday, Dec. 19 from noon until 3 p.m. The Food Pantry is supported financially by local donations, like the one that appeared on the Church plate last week; but the food that is given away is prima- rily donated by Ray's Food Place. lll illii" Jerry Alderson and United Church Pastor, Gayie Waring are pictured with the wide variety of food that is given away every Friday by the Cloverdale Food Pantry. Local donations support the food bank and Ray's Food Place contributes food three times a week. A recent canned food drive by Seventh Day Adventist youth also brought in many canned goods which can be seen in the background. r Ray's Food Place in Cloverdale donates produce, baked goods, and other food Items three times a week to the Cloverdaie Food Pantry, a completely locally supported food bank for the needy. Pictured are produce manager, Charles Pierson (I) and Ray's manager, John Rentz. Also Involved in the project is bakery manager, Carol Tuttie who was not available for the photo. I I I I II Clover MarkQt mind to donate older produce and baked goods and now Ray's Food Place has stepped into that role and has even expanded the donations. Alderson, and others, pick up produce, baked goods, and other foods from Ray's three times a week to store for the giveaway which starts at I p.m. on Fridays. Recently the store was able to donate several dozen eggs for the cause. Ray's Manager, John Rentz is pleased to be involved with the effort. "I just hate it when I see stuff going into the garbage. It's great that Ray's management lets us do this; I've worked for some stores that don't allow this kind of donation," he noted. Also helping to coordinate donations at Ray's are Charles Pierson, produce man- ager, and Carol Tuttle, Bakery Manager. Although not officially connect- ed, the Food Pantry and Clover- dale Family Service work in con- sort to help the needy of the com- munity. Cloverdale Family Service co- ordinates the monthly govern- ment food distribution. Every month qualified residents are giv- en USDA surplus foods distribut- ed at the Citrus Fair. Unlike the Food Pantry and the new month- ly soup offered at United Church, people must register with the County to qualify for the surplus foods. During Christmas, once again for registered participants, Fami- ly Service distributes Christmas Baskets (boxes), containing enough holiday-type food for a family of four (larger famih'es get two boxes). Family Service also coordinates the toy, clothing, and blanket distribution. Throughout the year the orga- nization also provides vouchers for emergency food, gasoline, and medicine. They also collect furni- ture, make referrals to appropri- ate County agencies and just this year have opened an office at Cop- per Tower Medical Center which is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Family Service is part of a coun- ty-wide network and if people are involved with the social services system they will receive an appli- cation form for the Christmas Basket program which includes both the food and toy and cloth- ing giveaway. Family Service accepts dona- tions of money and also of nice  turn to back p4e JL