LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — “In these hard economic times, it’s hard on everybody.”
Five years ago, Glen Curado opened up World Harvest Food Bank in Pico Union – the fruit of his labor, of love.
“This is my giving back to the community,” he says.
For five years, he’s relied on the helping hands and hearts of volunteers, as well as two 28-foot trucks to keep donations piled high, hauling 100,000 pounds of food a day.
But over the weekend, after closing up shop for the day and locking a fence, a thief broke the lock, wired the truck and took off.
All that was left behind is a pallet jack, and since then, Curado has been filled with heartbreak.
“Without this truck, we’re crippled,” he says.
The food bank collects food and toy donations and currently feeds 30,000 families in Los Angeles.
“They in essence stole food off of the tables of many families,” he says.
With the upcoming holiday season a second truck is vital.
“They wanna give generously and we’re not able to pick up all our donations because of this truck,” says Curado, who had just bought a new security camera system, but was waiting to have it installed. “It’s really devastating cause we’re down to one truck. We just want our truck back, we don’t want anything else.”
Anyone who would like to make a donation can visit World Harvest Food Bank.