F.U.N. Group disperses food donation

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Two semi truck trailers full of chips donated to the Friends Uniting Neighbors Group arrive at the Anza Community Hall Monday, Sept. 21. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

The Friends Uniting Neighbors Group dispersed about 100 pallets of food, recently donated by a nearby school district.

With less than 24-hours notice, the F.U.N. Group sprang into action to accept the donation and plan the logistics of transporting the food from the warehouse to the Anza community.

Louis Ippolito and his partner arranged payment for the trucks, drivers and fuel to make sure the cargo reached recipients in Anza.

Frank Shaffer operates a tractor to unload the boxes of chips donated to the Friends Uniting Neighbors Group at the Anza Community Hall. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Boxes and boxes of chips are unloaded and given away at the Friends Uniting Neighbors food giveaway at the Anza Community Hall. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

When a pair of semi trucks arrived, it became apparent that the cargo manifests did not match the food within the trailers. Instead of drinks, condiment packages, chicken nuggets, sweet barbecue bites, hotdogs, pork patties and chili, there were pallets packed high with boxes of chips.

“Louis and Caesar were incredibly generous, and I know finding only chips in the trucks was a kick in the gut for them as well,” Bill Donahue said. “Had we received the food that was promised, we could have helped a lot of people, not just in Anza. We thought this was going to be a food giveaway of epic proportions.”

Crowds of people helped unload, distribute and pack up the boxes, and not one complaint was heard, he said.

“This helped me remember where this food ministry came from,” Donahue said. “Nine years ago we were sorting through food, where often more than half of it was being thrown in the trash, trying to find enough good food for human consumption. Back then had someone brought us two truckloads of chips, I would have been thanking God for the amazing blessing. I appreciate the blessing we received. People were promised food. They waited for hours but after getting only chips, there was no complaining. That reaction both shocked and blessed me.”

The next day, Louis Ippolito, Bettina Geissler, Christy and Victor Foster brought up another trailer of food with cheese, hash browns, salsa and much more. These items were dispersed for free at the Community Hall, with meats being held over for the usual food boxes given away Thursdays.

Mike Patke and helper Freedom Wassgren help unload food boxes donated to the Friends Uniting Neighbors Group at the Anza Community Hall. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Pastor Kevin Watson helps unload boxes of chips donated to the Friends Uniting Neighbors Group at the Anza Community Hall. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

Joanna Crombie said, “The chips are great, but it’s not only about the food. I saw a community getting together, smiling and laughing and talking. Definitely the best party in town. Love living on the hill.”

The F.U.N. Group provides weekly food boxes at an event at the Community Hall.

The organization was established as a collection of like-minded people that joined together to benefit the community. Members from multiple area churches, civic organizations and other groups come together as friends and neighbors united for the good of the community.

To learn more about the F.U.N. Group, visit them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/128592854205460/.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia.com.