Monument Crisis Center in Concord. (Photo courtesy of Monument Crisis Center/Facebook)

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When Marilyn Weiss saw a news report Friday about a food distribution program at which more than triple the usual number of people lined up for rations, she was spurred to take action.

“They were desperate for food,” said Weiss, an interior designer who lives in Rossmoor, a 55-and-over community in Walnut Creek. “I looked at my husband and said, ‘We have to do something.’”

They moved fast to contact people they know in Rossmoor and beyond, and on Saturday collected both an SUV full of food and $2,000 in cash to give to the Monument Crisis Center in Concord, a nonprofit resource center serving residents of central and east Contra Costa County.

“We got many, many responses from people who were saying ‘yes, yes, yes,’” Weiss said.

Husband Mark Weiss, a retired doctor, put out the word to his Rossmoor contacts, including those with the Rossmoor Men’s Golf Club (he’s a board member), and Marilyn contacted members of the Tuesday Forum, a networking group to which she belongs. They asked for any food items that don’t need to be refrigerated or frozen.

The very first home the couple went to in Rossmoor, Marilyn Weiss said, gave so much food that four trips were required to get it all from the front porch to the car.

She was still trying to figure out where to put the food they expected to pick up Sunday from people they know in communities surrounding Walnut Creek in central Contra Costa County. She said they planned to have the food over to the Monument Crisis Center in time for an “emergency” Monday morning food distribution. Another distribution was set for Tuesday, April 7, at 9 a.m.

Marilyn Weiss said it’s likely there will be enough food either in hand already, or collected later, for at least one other shipment to Monument Crisis Center later this week.

Marilyn and Mark Weiss will accept more food donations, but Marilyn says people can also start their own drive.

“There are hundreds of fine charitable resources that need help,” she said. “If you want to help, contact that resource.”

To contact Marilyn Weiss, email