Realtors Contribute: The North Orange County board of Realtors recently presented a $5,000 check to Fullerton Interfaith Emergency Services, operator with the Salvation Army of a food distribution center for the poor.
The check followed an emergency plea for financial assistance from the food bank, which found its shelves all but bare.
The center typically helps feed 400 families, or about 1,600 people, a month. In April, it received requests for help from 2,800 people.
The North County realty board sponsors a food drive for the center each Christmas season and its 1989 drive netted more than 50 tons of foodstuffs, as well as several thousand dollars in cash.
But the near-doubling of the center’s caseload, which interfaith center Executive Director Barbara Johnson said might have had its roots in the temporary closing of the Share Our Selves center in Costa Mesa, has emptied the shelves a lot faster than is normal.