Food Bank Thanks and Honors Its Volunteers

The Alameda Food Bank held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Event on Aug. 20, to thank and honor the more than 200 volunteers who keep the operation going.

This year’s Volunteer of the Year award went to Bob "Hurricane" Blanchard. Blanchard has been volunteering at the food bank since 2009. He completes many tasks for the organization and puts his all into it.

He got the nickname "Hurricane Bob" because he is always in motion. He spends all day Mondays doing food pickups from grocery stores, county food bank, barrels around town and anyplace else we ask him to. He breaks down cardboard and runs errands as needed. And when he isn’t volunteering here, you can find him at Meals on Wheels and Friendly Visitors.

The Food Bank serves more than 5,100 clients per year (2, 215 households) or approximately 7 percent Alameda’s residents, nine percent are over 65, and 31 percent are children under 18.

For more information about the Food Bank, visit or call 523-5850.