KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Curbside King, a Medford-based food cart, recently left its accustomed kingdom and headed east to Klamath County. There, owner William Snyder is feeding people who were forced to leave their homes due to the massive Bootleg Fire.
Feeding evacuees isn't a new turn for Snyder. After the Almeda and South Obenchain fires displaced thousands in Jackson County, he teamed up with an organization called Rogue Food Unites to provide thousands of meals for evacuees along with other local restaurants and food producers.
"Since the fires in September we have been feeding victims of the Almeda and the Obenchain Fire," said Snyder. "Hot food heals."
"Rogue Food Unites is a program that helps secure funding and helps secure restaurants to help collab and really bring food to the people who need it," Snyder continued.
At the Klamath County Fairgrounds evacuation shelter on Wednesday, Snyder was accompanied by another man who came to his calling after the September wildfires. Emile Garcia and his family lost everything in the Almeda Fire. Now he represents Rogue Food Unites as they look to expand the aid network to Klamath County.
"The toughest part is waiting to confirm if you have lost your house . . . " recalled Garcia. He relishes the opportunity to give back to those who may have suffered similar losses from the Bootleg Fire. "It feels really good to me. I was just driving out here and I was telling my dad that I could really empathize with what they are going through."