COVID-19 Community Report Episode 38: Checking in with the Yolo Food Bank and the Pence Gallery - Oct 6th, 2020

This week's guests include Michael Bisch, executive director of the Yolo Food Bank and Natalie Nelson, executive director of the Pence Gallery in downtown Davis.

Tasked with the mission of reducing food insecurity in our county, the Yolo Food Bank has been distributing 60,000 meals per month. Michael talks about bringing food security to Davis during the pandemic, including partnerships with local college campuses and the Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter.  When asked what he is most grateful for he replied  "The 181 volunteer residents of Davis that are assisting their neighbors countywide, and the many food donors including local farmers, grocers and more".  There are still openings for volunteering to sort, pack, deliver and hand-out meal kits. Link to their website for additional information to volunteer.  

My second guest is Natalie Nelson, executive director of Pence Gallery. When what you do is bring people into your facility to experience art, and you can't do that, how do you pivot? You'll hear about some of the creative changes the Pence has made, and also learn about the current exhibit featuring work by renowed local artist Sara Post - Titled "This is Not a Dream" - it tracks experiences of the pandemic over a period of 5 months.