On Wednesday, November 26th, a team of 11 Linkenheimer staff and family showed up at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds to help serve food to a portion of the county’s almost 4,000 homeless, along with hundreds of working poor and underprivileged families looking for assistance. The free Thanksgiving meal is a tradition that the Redwood Gospel Mission has continued to put on over the years and as families have fallen on hard times, it’s a welcome reprieve to enjoy a free turkey dinner. The plates of food consisted of hot turkey, gravy, stuffing, green beans, rolls, salad and cranberry sauce. And while the plates were always filled to the brim, the staff at the Redwood Gospel Mission made it clear, if people are still hungry, they get to eat as many plates as possible. No one leaves feeling under fed. In addition to the hot food, 600 volunteers handed out grocery bags to almost 1200 people, in addition to the flu shots, medical checks, coats, hair cuts and even massages that were provided. Community and firm culture have always been the pillars of our firm and we were grateful to be able to participate and help out with such an amazing event. […]
On Monday November 10, 2014, Linkenheimer LLP employees and partners spent part of their evening helping prepare food packages for seniors. Prior to the ‘assembly line’ effort, we were given a tour of the food bank’s beautiful facilities, and information on the needs of Sonoma County residents and what the food bank provides. Being the accountants that we are, numbers are always welcome, but in this case, the numbers were both astonishing and sobering.
- 82,000 people (1 in 6 people in Sonoma County) face the threat of hunger every month, and this is the number served by the food bank, every month.
- Of the 82,000 people: 36,200 are children, 11,800 are seniors, and 13,500 are working families.
- The Redwood Empire Food Bank is in the top 6% of food banks nationwide in the amount of food provided per person in poverty.
- During 2014, the food bank distributed 14.5 million pounds of food, which is the equivalent of over 33,000 meals a day, and provided food for two wholesome meals for every $1 spent.
These figures are hard to comprehend when you think of Sonoma County and all of the beauty that surrounds us; but, hunger has no boundaries, and it crosses the full spectrum of […]