Middletown, CA (September 27, 2015) – In coordination with Lake County and the American Red Cross, a Food Truck Strike Team, sponsored by Stanford Federal Credit Union, will be at the Lake County Local Assistance Center (CLAC) on Monday, September 28, 2015 at noon. The CLAC is at the Middletown Senior Center (21256 Washington Street) and will be providing a variety of delicious free lunch offerings for up to 1,000 residents. The Food Trucks that will be participating include:
The idea of a Food Truck Strike Team originated with Simon Williams, who works for the Office of Emergency Service in Palo Alto. Within a couple of days of the Valley Fire, he was able to secure funding, the trucks and connect with Lake County and the Red Cross to coordinate a central location to the relief effort.
“By combining forces we can make a stronger impact and help more people at one time,” said Simon Williams. “Individually these food trucks felt they could do little to help, as the travel time and gas costs alone are extremely costly. However with the support of the Credit Union and the Strike Team plan, we are able to pull together to help the community at large.”
“When we heard of the devastation and destruction caused by the Valley Fire we wanted to be a part of the relief efforts for all those affected. The unique idea of a dedicated team of food trucks providing some respite follows our philosophy and that of all credit unions, ‘people helping people.’ All of us at the Stanford Federal Credit Union are here for our community at large during the good and bad times," said Joan Opp, President and CEO of Stanford Federal Credit Union, Palo Alto, CA
The Valley Fire is currently the third largest in California state history, covering more than 76,000 acres and destroying nearly 2,000 structures, including more than 1,200 homes. Firefighters have made significant progress and many evacuations have been lifted. On Saturday night, more than 300 people found a safe place to sleep and break from the heat and smoke in American Red Cross and community shelters in California.
The difficult recovery from these fires makes this a frustrating and emotionally draining time for everyone involved. Red Cross mental health volunteers are available to help. Red Cross caseworkers are meeting one-on-one with people to create recovery plans, navigate paperwork and locate help from other agencies. In some situations, the Red Cross is providing direct financial support to people who need extra help. And in areas where evacuation orders have been lifted, the Red Cross is distributing food and relief supplies to support people as they return home.
Red Cross Response by the Numbers:
Where To Find Assistance
Red Cross Information Hotline
People affected by the Valley, Butte and Rough fires can also (855) 224-2490 to learn about Red Cross services available.
The Red Cross currently has the following shelters open:
The Red Cross and many community partners are operating the following assistance centers to ensure that the right resources and support are provided to those who have been affected by this disaster:
The Red Cross and many community partners are working to ensure that the right resources and support are provided to those who have been affected by this disaster:
Shelter: Jenny Lind Veterans Hall, 189 Pine Street, Valley Springs
Calaveras Local Assistance Center: Calaveras County Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas
HOW YOU CAN HELP People can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. We respond to nearly 70,000 other disasters every year, from home fires to wildfires and more. Learn more about how Disaster Relief donations have helped people affected by previous disasters including home fires.
DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP People can download the all-inclusive Red Cross Emergency App which combines more than 35 emergency alerts to help keep the user safe, including information about what to do in case of wildfires and more. Users can find it in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps. Users are also encouraged to utilize the ‘Family Safe’ tool inside the app to alert loved ones that they are safe.