One of the methods they distribute the food is via drive-by pickups, and we were assigned to one of their many daily locations. The truck arrives at 8am with the drop off of food for the location. It needs to be inventoried and sorted, and often bagged to be ready to give multiples.
We set up a station for each volunteer (I was in charge of the dairy) to hand out the donations we had to give that day. Each car with check in with the coordinator, who would approve how many families they were picking up for. As they pulled up, we would fill their trunk or backseat with the groceries that would get their family through a few days.
The recipients varied in many ways, but were all extremely thankful. It felt strange to be thanked, as we were doing so little to help relative to the organization and the other volunteers. Many recipients volunteered their stories - what happened to their homes and families in the fires, what it's like to pick up the pieces from a tragedy like that, and what their challenges are now.