The story on John Van Hengel ("A Second Harvest," Jan. 12) does a good job of capturing his essence, and that of food banking. One added point may be of interest to your readers.
The story mentions the Grandview Food Bank of Pasadena, the nation's second food bank. The story also mentions Los Angeles Regional Foodbank. Grandview became Los Angeles Regional Foodbank, now the largest food bank in the nation.
All of us associated with Los Angeles Regional Foodbank thank the Grandview Foundation for helping Tony Collier (who worked at Grandview and had a special view of help for the needy) and the Pasadena community leaders who got the food bank started.
Though Tony passed away six years ago, his idea lives on and helps thousands of hungry people every week of the year.