Interfaith Food Bank

Beth Stanton, Interfaith Food Bank Executive Director, is all smiles in one of the two trucks filled with produce, donated by Adam Dalton, Tribal Chairman of the Jackson Band of Miwuk Indians and the Tribe.

Today’s feel good moment is a great story, and I am hopeful that, if possible, some of us can pick up where this story ends and make everything a little better for our community.

When I interviewed Adam Dalton, Tribal Chairman for the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians last week, he encouraged community members to "take care of each other," much as they did during the 2015 Butte Fire. He also said, "We can and will get through this.” A week later, I get the feeling that some of you are tired. Some of you are mad. Some of you are worried. A full spectrum of emotions. I’m a bit tired trying to keep up, as well.

My spirits were lifted watching the National Guard at the Interfaith Food Bank in Amador County, assisting with duties like delivery, pick up and other tasks. As mentioned on social media, many of the Interfaith Food Bank's volunteers are unable to continue working due to the guidelines of the Stay-at-Home Order and recommendations made by the CDC. So, thank you, National Guard for your service — done with smiles I might add. You’ll see pictures in the Friday, March 27, 2020, edition of the Ledger Dispatch.

But that’s just part of the story. Beth Stanton, Executive Director for the Interfaith Food Bank, walked to the back dock to show me not one, but two trucks filled to the brim with fresh produce. Well, one was full, the other, the National Guard had already begun to utilize to serve those in need. 

Adam Dalton, Tribal Chairman for the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians and the Tribe donated and filled both trucks with a variety of fresh produce to assist Interfaith Food Bank in their mission” “The Interfaith Council of Amador County works to eliminate hunger and its causes because no one deserves to face the day hungry.”

It really lifted my spirits, and is something pretty amazing to witness. Thank you to Adam Dalton and the Tribe.

The Interfaith Food Bank is in need of donations as the demand for services has increased. I would hope that all of us that are able to would please consider making a monetary donation online at They also accept food donations, so if you want to donate goods and are wondering what the Interfaith Food Bank would like to receive, call (209) 267-9006.

The Interfaith Food Bank Thrift Store will remain closed until it is safe to reopen. They will still be distributing food to those who are in need at the Airport Road location, 12181 Airport Road, Jackson.

Lastly, this is just one of many inspiring stories I am sure. We live in a special community. If you have a story you’d like to share, or a person you’d like to acknowledge, that has assisted you during these difficult times please send me your story so we can recognize our Hometown Heroes. Mail them to: Hometown Heroes, c/o Jack Mitchell, 106 Water Street, Jackson, CA 95642, or email with the subject titled Hometown Heroes.