My name is Bob Lent. I came to the food closet – we call it our food bank – because Marie asked me if I would. I’m a long-time resident of Elk Grove and a donor to the program here. It fills a need that I didn’t know existed in this community before I met Marie over ten years ago, and she identified that need and talked to some of us long-time residents that I didn’t realize was there, and I argued with her about it for quite a while before I started to see the benefit and started donating to it and bringing things in.
The actual people that were coming to the food bank were very hungry and they needed it, so I didn’t realize that we had homeless people and needy people in this community, as many as we do, and we just don’t cross paths with the people who are needing food and needing shelter. In Elk Grove, it’s pretty isolated, so I don’t think we’ve had the opportunities to cross paths and understand it.
Those people that do, all the service clubs and the rotary clubs and the alliance clubs and the Kiwanis clubs, the Soroptimists, the Optimists, are all very helpful as well. I have been a long time involved in community activities. My family taught me to be involved and be giving in this community as well, so I try to give back to this community who’s given well to me.
"I'm a long-time resident of Elk Grove. I didn’t realize that we had homeless and needy people in this community, as many as we do."
- Bob Lent
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