Vylla Palm Desert Serves at the Find Food Bank

January 18, 2020

Affordable housing, along with the scarcity of adequate food, provide direct correlations to poverty in the United States. For some, these numbers are not just a statistic, but a reality that affects them daily. Carrington Charitable Foundation salutes a team of Vyllagers (pictured above) from our Palm Desert, CA, location. Led by Carrington Broker and Area Manager Tony Vaccaro of Palm Desert, these Vyllagers served on the forefront during the holiday season at Find Food Bank (FFB) in Indio, CA, sorting and shipping food to people in need.

To Tony, giving and caring for others is an imperative: “I thought it would be nice, rather than having a traditional Christmas party, to give back to the community. Working hand in hand together for this project definitely was a win for everyone.”

Tony says his team had a great time sorting 1,700 pounds of tangerines that were then shipped to FFB distribution partners. Tony says FFB is an amazing organization that feeds approximately 85,000 people a month throughout the Coachella Valley in southern California.

“I received a number of comments from our agents saying that they felt it was a rewarding and inspiring afternoon,” says Tony. “I certainly felt the same, and am so happy we were able to help and spread the holiday spirit.”

As part of an area Realtor association, Tony said he regularly encourages and supports nonprofit and volunteerism. During the summer months, the Palmdale, CA, area collects 40-50,000 cans of food to stock local food banks. Many families benefit from support during the summer, at time when schools are not in session that might otherwise provide free and reduced-cost lunches.

Federal guidelines in 2019 set the poverty rate at $25,750 in income for a family of four. However, depending on a family’s specific city and state of residence, the actual minimum amount required to raise a family could be two or three times that, according to WhyHunger.org. The organization reports that 736 million people worldwide, or 10 percent of the world’s population, live on the equivalent of less than $1.90 per day.

Would you like to help address hunger issues where you live and work? Here’s a listing of food banks near Carrington locations:

Anaheim, CA: https://www.foodpantries.org/ci/ca-anaheim
Brentwood, TN: https://www.foodpantries.org/ci/tn-nashville
Greenwich, CT: https://www.foodpantries.org/ci/ct-greenwich
Jacksonville, FL: https://www.foodpantries.org/ci/fl-jacksonville
Orange County, CA: https://ocfoodbank.org
Plano, TX: https://www.ntfb.org
Windsor, CT: https://www.foodpantries.org/ci/ct-windsor
Westfield, IN: https://www.foodpantries.org/ci/in-westfield