Alice Gentry was one of a hundred people to back up their trucks, vans and cars to the Foodlink loading dock in South Sacramento Thursday morning.
Gentry is with the River Oak Center for Children. The center provides behavioral health services for poor families. She says donations like this help in unexpected ways.
GENTRY: "Often, if we can help support with those social services and make life a little smoother for them, then it takes a lot of the stress off of providing for their families."
Amber Murry with the United Way says non-profits have to choose between short-term and long-term necessities.
MURRY: "Women's Empowerment, which is a local non-profit partner of the United Way, they have to send about $1300 a year on toilet paper. If they didn't have to spend that $1300 a year, they could buy about 430 bus passes for the women that they serve."