Little Lake Health Center Continues Tradition of Brown Bag Lunches
For years, employees at Little Lake Health Center have volunteered on a rotating schedule to make sure those who need food in Willits on the weekend get some. This collaborative effort is called the Brown Bag Lunch, and it includes many local organizations, including the Soroptimist Club, AAUW University Women, Seventh Day Adventist Church, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lions Club, Episcopal Church, Brooktrails Womens Club, United Methodist Church, Rotary Club, Shiloh Church, and Emandal.
Each Saturday, volunteers from one of these organizations makes sandwiches and takes them to the city park where approximately 30 hungry individuals and families are waiting for them. Willits Community Services provides some food and volunteers supply the rest.
Little Lake Health Center manager Becky Driscoll said, “Our Daily Bread serves hot meals Monday through Thursday, but without the Brown Bag Lunch, there’s no food distribution on the weekends. That’s a long time to go without a meal.”
Driscoll explained that she inherited the program from the previous health center manager years ago, and is pleased to say that she never has a problem finding health center employees willing to help.
“We generally only need two or three people to make the sandwiches and hand them out. Oftentimes, I have to turn volunteers away because I already have enough help,” she said. She said she sometimes gives food to people in the Brown Bag Lunch line who are patients at Little Lake Health Center, and she feels good that she can care for those in need, whether it is medical care or providing a meal.
“People are really appreciative,” she said. “This is a good program and I’m glad we are a part of it.”