Sometimes, the efforts of a
few stand out as a shining example in hard times.
Workers at the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, a department with about 310 state employees, have collectively answered the call of depleted food banks statewide even as their own pay checks are set to shrink 10 percent next month.
DAPD workers have so far donated more than 8,000 pounds of food and cash to
the State Employees Food Drive.
DAPD workers have so far donated more than 8,000 pounds of food and cash to the State Employees Food Drive.
That's more than 25 pounds per
employee, compared to last year's statewide average of about 3 pounds per worker, the department's Morgan Staines told The State Worker.
"We're all closer to the edge right now than we would like," Staines said.
The Department of Food and Agriculture, despite its own incredible workload, coordinates the statewide effort in partnership with California Emergency Foodlink. The Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs leads the state's drug prevention, treatment and recovery efforts.