Monterey County Food Bank sees 'overwhelming' support after arson fire

Mar 25, 2015

Video still from a surveillance camera, shows the fire underway.
Credit Salinas Police Department

The Food Bank for Monterey County is working to restore its services following last weekend's arson fire.

Officials say that they have seen a lot of community support in the wake of the incident.

Food Bank Executive Director Melissa Kendrick says her organization's programs should resume soon, and emergency food deliveries picked up again on Tuesday.

The organization's delivery truck fleet was destroyed and half of the facility's refrigeration storage was knocked out Saturday.

Salinas Police say the arsonist was caught on video setting fire to the facility but nobody has been arrested in the case.

The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County says it has offered to help where it can. Kendrick says her organization has received an outpouring of offers like these.

"The overwhelming response from the community, the extended community, has just been overwhelming, said Kendrick. "To be honest with you, that's what's kept me and my staff inspired over the past four days."

Offers of trucks and food inventory have come from throughout California from members of the Feeding America network.