BART PD Community Service Officers help make food bank deliveries

03.16.21

BART PD Community Service Officers help make food bank deliveries

Shirley Lara and Jonathan Moreland prepare to make food deliveries to those in need

Shirley Lara and Jonathan Moreland prepare to make food deliveries to those in need

BART Police Community Service Officers pitched in recently to help deliver boxes of fresh fruits, vegetables and pantry goods to dozens of homes in need, in partnership with the Alameda County Community Food Bank.

“I was looking for something we could do to help those in need directly,” said Jonathan Moreland, Community Engagement Coordinator for BART PD. “With Covid, there are folks who need food who are also not able to go out right now and get what they need, so they’ve been kind of hit with a double-whammy.”

The Food Bank provided the officers with a list of names and addresses so they could make contact-free deliveries, and phone numbers so they could follow up afterwards and make sure people got the food, in an effort led by Moreland and his co-coordinator Shirley Lara.

“Everyone was very thankful,” Moreland said. “It is very important to us that people know we are actually doing what our title says – serving the community. We are all about building trust and strengthening our relationships in the community.”