Santa Rosa's homeless shelters were in "critical need" of food, the city says.
Food normally donated to the city's shelters has been diverted to fire evacuation shelters leaving pantries close to bare.
"Members of our community who were experiencing homelessness before the fires are in need of food at this time," the city wrote in a Saturday Facebook post. "Much of the food normally donated to the City's homeless shelters has been diverted to local fire shelters, leaving the homeless shelters in critical need."
St. Vincent de Paul is accepting donations of unprepared foods at its 610 Wilson Street location, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The food will be distributed to shelters throughout the city.
Fires have destroyed several thousand structures in Sonoma County.
Excerpt from City of Santa Rosa's Facebook page:
If you wish to make donations of food, the Redwood Empire Food Bank and St. Vincent de Paul are accepting ready-to-eat, non-perishable foods for evacuation centers. St. Vincent de Paul is located at 610 Wilson St. Phone: 707-584-1579.
Donations are being accepted at the Redwood Empire Food Bank at 3990 Brickway Blvd. between the hours 8am-8pm. The food bank also needs volunteers. Sign up online at refb.org/volunteer.
Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa also takes food donations. Please call 707-528-8712.
The shelters are also at capacity for donated clothing. However, the Salvation Army is accepting clothes and supplies at 93 Stony Point Circle. Call 707 542-0981 for more information.
For financial donations, the Redwood Credit Union has established a North Bay Relief Fund – 100 percent of donations go to fire victims. Go to www.redwoodcu.org/northbayfirerelief to donate.
Thank you, again, for your generous support!</