The Placerville Mountain Democrat
August 31, 2005

El Dorado Wineries Support
the Food Bank of El Dorado County

More than 20 El Dorado wineries showed their support of the Food Bank of El Dorado County’s mission to feed the hungry by presenting the organization with a donation of nearly $3,300. Funds were raised during the recent Summer Solstice celebration at the local wineries.

Mike Sproull, executive director of the food bank, estimated that with the organization’s buying power, it could purchase more than $26,000 worth of food with the donation. He’s earmarked the funds for the El Dorado County Senior Brown Bag Program, which reaches seniors in Placerville, Pollock Pines, Somerset, Cameron Park, Georgetown and South Lake Tahoe. “We’re dedicated to the seniors in our community and these funds will help us to continue to provide service to them,” Sproull said.

“As family winemakers who live and work in El Dorado, we’re pleased to support the Food Bank of El Dorado County and its outreach to the needy in our community,” said Jon Latcham, president of the El Dorado Winery Association and owner of Granite Springs Winery in Fair Play.

The Food Bank of El Dorado County distributes more than 100,000 pounds of food each month through its network of approximately 50 agencies from El Dorado Hills to South Lake Tahoe. Currently working with an annual budget of $270,000, it is able to distribute food with a wholesale value of $2.3 million throughout the county, according to Sproull.

For more information on the Food Bank of El Dorado County,
you may call (530) 621-9950.

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