To organize and engage in activities that provide basic social services to hungry individuals and families in need.
These activities include:
Food collection, storage, and distribution for emergency needs.
Providing personal emergency needs which include diapers and formula.
Referrals to other service organizations of a charitable nature equipped to handle special and crisis needs.
Woodland Volunteer Bureau Food Closet aka Woodland Food Closet was established in 1968 to provide emergency assistance to the needy in Yolo County. The Woodland Food Closet, a community based, non-profit service agency, was originally established in response to a Yolo County Grand Jury report, which saw a real need for the formation of a food distribution source in the Woodland area. Our primary focus is to provide three days of nutritionally balanced meals to every individual referred to us who is in an emergency, or crisis situation, or is waiting for other assistance to begin. A referral from a social service agency, including Department of Social Services, Yolo Family Resource Center, Wayfarer’s Center, Pregnancy Support Group, Migrant Education, Yolo County Health Department, Peterson Health Clinic, Hotel Woodland, Head Start Program, churches and schools is necessary to provide the one-time emergency service.
The Woodland Food Closet is the primary provider of emergency food for home use. Providing supplies for three days of nutritionally balanced meals, to families, seniors, children and infants. Although intended to be a referred, one-time, emergency service, Woodland Food Closet provides food to anyone who is hungry, and is the only agency in Woodland to provide food distribution on a daily basis, Monday through Friday. We are not, however, an ongoing food source. Individuals do need to find other resources to resolve long term needs.
The Woodland Food Closet is run entirely by community volunteers and a single part-time coordinator. Approximately 65 individuals volunteer their time to keep the Woodland Food Closet operating. A Board of Directors, comprised of community members, governs the program. The Woodland Food Closet operates from the basement of the Woodland Christian Church, 509 College Street, Woodland, Ca.