Kelly Ricker and Ed Harris presented the Nipomo Food Basket with a check for $2464 on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The funds came from the members that continued to pay the meal costs even though the club is not meeting at the Butterfly Grill. One of the volunteers, Marcia Traversaro, was on hand for the presentation. Marcia is a member of the Pismo Five Cities Rotary club.
The director of the Nipomo Food Basket, Leon Leornas, gave Kelly & Ed a tour of the operation. The Food Basket receives fresh produce from neighborhood gardens and orchards. They also receive donations from Vons, Trader Joes and other grocery stores. They do not distribute any expired food. Their motto is they won’t distribute any food they would not serve to their own mother or grandmother. The Food Basket also purchases food from both the Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo county food banks.
The Nipomo Food Basket is open Mon., Tue., Thur. & Fridays. They make up fresh boxes of produce each day with the produce that is in season and what is donated. They gladly accept donations of Beans, Pasta/Spaghetti, Cans of Tuna/Chicken, Soup, Cans of Vegetables, Tomato Sauce, Cereal, Rice, Coffee, Dairy (Instant Milk), Crackers, Mayonnaise, Peanut Butter and Popcorn.