Success & Service: Second Harvest joins list of winners in Toyota contest for nonprofits

Bee Staff ReportsFebruary 22, 2014 

Success Car

Second Harvest Food Bank officials picked up the car the agency received from Modesto Toyota through Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program Feb. 12 in Modesto. Pictured left are Jessica Vaughn, community development, and Nick Obligacion, Manteca police chief and board member, rear. On the right are CEO Mike Mallory, rear, and Kirsten Salas, grant specialist.

PROMOTIONAL — Second Harvest Food Bank

The Manteca-based Second Harvest Food Bank of San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties is among the winners in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, which awards new vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public from Oct. 1 to Nov. 19. The agency received its Sienna minivan from Modesto Toyota on Feb. 12.

Over the past two years of the program, Toyota has provided 200 nonprofits with new vehicles to support their work in the areas of disabled services, youth and educational programs, environmental services, veteran services, housing and disaster relief, among many others.

Second Harvest serves more than 365,000 people in need by collaborating with 128 nonprofit charities to serve a seven-county area that includes San Joaquin, Stanislaus and the Mother Lode counties. The nonprofit charities visit the Food Bank as often as once per week to select packaged groceries, canned fruit and vegetables, grains, dairy products, meats and fresh produce. The charities then distribute the food through their food pantries to individuals in need.

Yosemite award winners

Students from area schools fared well in Yosemite National Park’s short film contest. The films focused on “Celebrating Nature” and “What Yosemite Means to Me.” The two themes were designed to celebrate art, beauty, inspiration, nature and a personal connection to Yosemite. An array of unique films were submitted that celebrated the park from many different perspectives.

Alexandra Guzman earned a second place for “A Story in Yosemite” while Jesus Delores and Cecilia Valdovinos earned honorable mentions as did a group that included Dahlia Santiuste, Francisco Del Rio, Kianna Conger and Brock Sanders Jr. All are from Merced County.

A group that included River Seal, Clan Polson, Colton Lessley, Cole Seal, Mercedes Martinez and Lily Lessley from Mariposa County earned an honorable mention in the best collaborative submission.

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