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EXETER, Calif. (KFSN) — Since FoodLink Tulare County moved to Exeter a couple of years in the past, they have been plagued with theft and vandalism.

The issue has been worse not too long ago, to the purpose the place it is interfering with the non-profit’s vital work.

“From the start, we’ve got had backyard instruments stolen, we have had a whole greenhouse stolen,” mentioned FoodLink Government Director Nicole Celaya.

In simply the final 30 days, Celaya says the non-profit’s surveillance system has caught three separate burglaries on digital camera.

In two cases, thieves stole gasoline from meals financial institution vehicles-twice reducing the gasoline line of a truck that makes meals deliveries all through the county.

FoodLink has a small fleet and delivers 75 p.c of meals to its member businesses.

With a truck out of fee, Celaya says some meals pantries had been pressured to postpone meals distributions, affecting a whole bunch of people that rely upon the non-profit for wholesome meals.

“We’ve got a very strict schedule of methods to get deliveries out and ensure that we’re distributing all of the meals on time,” Celaya mentioned. “And so if we will not use the truck, it throws the entire month off.”

An area firm, Western Milling, volunteered to repair the broken gasoline line for FoodLink, and the truck is on the street once more.

However in one other break-in, thieves smashed the driving force’s facet window of one other truck and stole a few of its elements.

Fortunately, the truck is not getting used to make deliveries but, and Celaya is hopeful somebody will step as much as cowl the price of repairs.

Final weekend, FoodLink put in extra fencing out again.

And Celaya says they might companion with an off-site safety firm, however they may use some assist.

“Whether or not it is serving to us with our safety or to assist us cowl the price of the fence, that will be tremendously, tremendously appreciated,” she mentioned. “Any assist that individuals can provide is all the time welcome.”

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