It was a big day for the Golden Empire Gleaners.
Thanks to your generosity at Wednesday's food drive, the shelves at the food bank will be full once again.
The preliminary numbers are in. 17 News viewers donated more than $12,000 and an estimated 9,000 pounds of food to make sure families and others in need, don't go hungry this summer.
At the end of the day-long drive outside the KGET studios, truckloads of food were taken to the Gleaners warehouse, where they were unloaded.
All of your donations will stock the shelves and end up on the dinner table for thousands of people in need across Kern County.
"Well, we know how important it is to help out the community in hard times. We've had some hard times ourselves and know that helping out when we can is important," said Amanda Baldwin who dropped off food.
We put out the call and before the sun even came up, people were stopping by to donate what they could, can by can and dollar by dollar.
And, it continued into the evening.
"It was a great day. We got to meet a lot of people that we have helped in the past and that we are helping now. And, we are very happy with the output. We have raised over $12,000 and estimating about 9,000 pounds, which both of them are more than last year," said Pam Fiorini, Executive Director, Golden Empire Gleaners.
The summer is especially tough for local families who rely on free school lunches to help feed their kids.
The Golden Empire Gleaners receives no government help, so they rely on volunteers and generous donations from our community.
"We just felt like helping out. We have plenty of groceries ourselves, so we felt like helping those in need. And, I think everyone should contribute who can," said Beth Buchanan, who also donated items.
If you were not able to donate, you can give directly to the Gleaners.
The number is 324-CROP or you can go to their website, www.goldenempiregleaners.com.