Brian Furrer, Junior Mr. Placer County, and Cade Altman, Senior Mr. Placer County, helped out recently at the Salt Mine food bank serving Lincoln and Sheridan. As Placer County ambassadors, they will volunteer in the community and participate in various events throughout the county to help others. They both hope to coordinate food drives at their schools to raise awareness. The food bank is more than 20 years old and provides food at no cost to families in Lincoln and Sheridan. Donations from local business provide much of the food, but the food closet relies on drives to fill in the extras that round out much of the food boxes given to recipients. In August, 637 families were served. Due to the economy, there is an increase of 10 percent over last year. With the increase in demand, the boxes aren’t full beyond the basics, and many of the shelves and cabinets within the food bank are empty. “If every family picked up a few extra food items each shopping trip or cleaned out their cupboards, it would help a lot,” said Eric Long. “We have one family that has made it a project, they gather up a bag of food each week and deliver it to us to share with those in need.” Donations can be dropped off anytime between 10 am and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 590 G St., or call Eric Long at 645-3778.