Food bank gives students warm welcome, job training

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Top: Kareli Caloca bags food for a food bank client. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Top: Kareli Caloca bags food for a food bank client. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

When Kareli Caloca and Josh Cook-Hunter turn out to work at the Keizer Community Food Bank (KCFB), it’s a reversal of the normal way of things.

“Our students are usually the ones receiving assistance in some way. When they come here, they are the ones who are able to help,” said Karla Canida, an employment training specialist with Salem-Keizer School District.

Caloca and Cook-Hunter, as well as their classmates, are developmentally disabled and take part in the employment training program to sharpen their social and work skills.

“I like taking the food out to the customer’s cars,” said Cook-Hunter. “It’s nice knowing that I’m helping other people.”

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