The Food Bank for Monterey County began way back in 1983 as a program for the Alliance on Aging before becoming its own nonprofit in 1990. If only hunger were a thing of the past – but it’s not, and thankfully we have the food bank doing crucial work to mitigate it. The organization has expanded over the years so that now it serves 10 million pounds of food a year – to 20 percent of this county’s residents. The food bank took a hit in 2015 when an arsonist set its loading dock ablaze, but just this past December, the group moved into a new and bigger location, where they even have a nutrition training center. Let’s hope this community resource continues another 30 years.