Lee Trotman and Southern California Edison (SCE) Volunteers Successfully Put Together Over 1,000 Food Packages for Low Income People in Need

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Lee Trotman and Southern California Edison (SCE) Volunteers Successfully Put Together Over 1,000 Food Packages for Low Income People in Need

"I really enjoy volunteering at the Los Angeles Food Bank because they're filling a very real need." Lee Trotman, Southern California Edison (SCE)

The Los Angeles Food Bank began back in 1973, emerging from what began with a single man named Tony Collier. Collier relied on the donation of a 200 square foot garage, a donated truck, and, most importantly, donated food. Collier’s main philosophy for what he was doing was that “we’re trying to supply a basic need.” What he meant by that was that he was generously volunteering his time and energy along with thoughtful donations to help provide for those in need.

However, with time came the need for an expansion in the size of the space needed for food donations. Collier was able to expand his location into a former dry cleaning business with a square footage measuring 2,600 square feet. In operation for 40 years now, the Los Angeles Food Bank has effectively distributed in excess of over one billion pounds of food. There have been many generous volunteers who’ve worked with the Los Angeles Food Bank over the years. One of which is Lee Trotman; Lee Trotman, a Southern California Edison employee, along with his co-workers, assisted in packaging together food and supplies into easy-to-carry distribution containers. Trotman states that he remembers being taught the importance of helping those in need as a child.

Furthermore, Southern California Edison (SCE) has an agreement with the local Incredible Edible Park in Southern California. Second Harvest Coordinator Sam Caruthers helps to maintain the land. Specifically, Sam manages the garden maintenance including taking care of the plants, weeding the area, and other general care related to the garden up-keep. Sam Caruthers has stated “Anything we pick normally gets out on somebody’s plate within about four days,” and “We lose a little but we don’t lose a lot” when garden food is picked and transported to the Los Angeles Food Bank.

The Incredible Edible Park encompasses an eight acre plot in which many vegetables and fruits give those in need the benefits of fresh produce. The Los Angeles Food Bank is a godsend for those in need of food and other helpful supplies. Without volunteer work and donations, the LA Food Bank wouldn’t be able to thrive. Those interested in donating food, supplies, or lending a volunteering hand may visit http://www.lafoodbank.org for more information.

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