The Bank of Rio Vista donated a 2005 van with only 37,000 miles to Rio Vista Community Services on Monday. The van will be used for transporting produce from food banks and Trader Joe’s to recipients that need food throughout the city.
“The bank would like to be as supportive of the local community as we can,” said Bank of Rio Vista President/CEO Virginia Varela. “We believe that this donation will assist that segment of local community that might be in the most need at this time.”
Rio Vista Community Services disperses food to over 173 people in the area, which includes seniors. The current transportation that RVCS had was a van that was close to breaking down.
It was a perfect fit for the bank to donate the van because they didn’t use it much anymore, and the racks already installed will help transport food. It used to travel quite a bit to transport money to the bank in Valley Springs.
“We don’t have to worry about breaking down on the road with a van full of produce anymore,” said Shirley Sadduth of RV Community Services. “At the end of the month we have quite a few bags of food go out.”
Sadduth explained that the van will also be used for folks in the community that need help moving furniture and appliances.
“I’m so happy to be with a bank that contributes so heavily to the community,” said Troy Sanderson, new chief credit officer.
For those in need of food donations, one can go to RVCS and ask for an intake form. When residence is verified, recipients of the program are issued a card and they can come in during the week to pick up their food.
“We’ve given out over 2,000 bags of produce for the first four months of the year,” said Jerry Sudduth. “We expect to give out over 6,000 bags this year, and it is rising. That’s not good.”
Sudduth was of course referring to how many people have lost everything in the economy’s downturn the past three to four years and that it is unfortunate that the number of people needing assistance is climbing.
On May 14 from 1 to 5 p.m. the Rio Vista Post Office will be conducting a food drive. At the drive, whatever food is donated will go directly back to RVCS to help feed those in need.
“Come down and sign up,” said Sudduth. “We need volunteers.”
RVCS picks up food once a week from the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Trader Joe’s. The non-profit only has one paid employee, Jamie Wilson. It was through Wilson that the Bank of Rio Vista became aware of the organization’s dire need for a van.
Jamie is the daughter of Bank of Rio Vista Executive Assistant and Human Resources Evelyn Wilson. When Evelyn found out about RVCS’ problem, she quickly helped organize and mobilize a plan to help.
“I think it’s wonderful we gave it to them,” said Wilson. “They do so much for the community.”
The Bank of Rio Vista donates to Rotary Club, Rio Vista Care, high schools in the area, Bass Festival, Lodi Zin Fest, North Delta Conservancy, Soroptimist and Lions Clubs, Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce, Solano and Dixon May Fairs, local children’s events and the Rio Vista Foundation swimming pool fund.
“The Bank of Rio Vista has always been an advocate for community and Rio Vista,” said Varela. “We try to be as generous as possible with the local folks.