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Hi-Desert Food Bank Enjoys Growth, Faces Challenges

A little over a year ago, James Wilson and his wife, Brenda started American Food Bank in Yucca Valley with a can of soup, one loaf of bread and three boxes of mac and cheese.

One year later, the food bank is helping feed and clothe more than a thousand people a week in the Morongo Basin.

“I anticipated maybe 1,500 to 2,000 pounds of food a month would take care of the area,” said Wilson.

In August alone, American Food Bank distributed 30,000 pounds of food. That number is expected to go up heading into the holiday season.

“It is hard to think of all the people who are struggling beyond struggle. That’s why I’m here. Whatever I can do,” said Yucca Valley resident Stefen Reilly, who says he makes a donation every month.

Over time, donations and demand have grown.

American Food Bank now partners with nearly a dozen local churches and pantries — as well as government agencies.

“People are having a hard time getting back on their feet. They’re coming in, needing some help, some food,” said Wilson.

But while American Food Bank is expanding to a six-thousand square foot warehouse — Wilson says success is not guaranteed.

The non-profit is run by volunteers and is in desperate need of cash donations.

For more information about American Food Bank — call 760-228-2222 or visit

September is Hunger Action Month — a campaign to raise awareness in the fight against domestic hunger.

KESQ News Team


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