Heather Ochoa started laying out food from her pantry on a table in front of her house in California early in the pandemic. People found Ochoa’s house through a Facebook group “See a Need, Fill a Need Contra Costa.” Ochoa herself was laid off from her job at a school last spring and yet she always has food to spare. These days, beyond leaving food outside her home, she drives around the area and delivers food to those in need: seniors, cancer patients and others down on their luck who don’t qualify for assistance programs. “I want you to know what a true blessing the food pantry is. They bring it to our house and it helps so much,” said Vicki Aiello, a recipient of Ochoa’s tireless efforts to keep people fed.

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