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Venture Club helps feed struggling families with $2K gift to food bank
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From left, Venture Club of Manteca President Tammy Payan, Second Harvest Food Bank executive director Mike Mallory, Venture Club treasurer Kellee Dankiewicz, and Kerri Tapia, program coordinator for the local food bank, worked together in feeding the hungry on Wednesday, with the Venture Club donating $2,000 to Second Harvest. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
Hunger is a 24/7 problem.

That’s according to Mike Mallory, executive director of the Second Harvest Food Bank. With more need than ever to feed those in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties – a sign of the troubled economy, he added – Mallory noticed the surplus dwindling at 704 E. Industrial Park Drive.

On Wednesday, his prayers were answered thanks to a generous donation by the Venture Club of Manteca.

The local nonprofit group, according to President Tammy Payan, recently held a fundraising golf tournament at Oakmoore golf course in Stockton, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Second Harvest.

All told, the Venture Club was able to give $2,000 to the food bank.

“(The money) will go to feeding the community,” Mallory said.

This includes the Food 4 Thought and the Senior Brown Bag programs.

Food 4 Thought supplies nutritional groceries to needy children participating in existing tutorial programs at local schools and community center.

The Senior Brown Bag is designed to deliver goods twice a month to low-income senior citizens.

For more information on Second Harvest Food Bank, call (209) 239-2091 or log on to