Ebenezer Christian Church - January 2015
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) is dedicated to assisting those in need in our community, but we cannot do it alone. SFBFS connects with partner agencies throughout Sacramento County to serve people who are unable to travel to our 12 food distribution sites each month. Due to the recent merger with Senior Gleaners, Inc. the number of partner agencies SFBFS works with grew to 231. Between direct distributions and partner agencies, SFBFS provides food for 150,000 individuals per month.
One outstanding partner agency is Ebenezer Christian Church, a faith-based, non-profit organization that serves the greater south Sacramento area. Ebenezer Christian Church began working with SFBFS in late 2013 to supplement their food distribution with more healthy, fresh options. Ebenezer Christian Church offered a regular supply of canned and dry goods and day-old baked goods, but had very limited access to fresh produce and dairy products. Staff and volunteers wanted to provide more healthy food choices to families who needed it the most.
"SFBFS understood our goal and agreed with the need to provide the best and most balanced food options to the poorest of the community,” Pastor Karen Abrego said.
Overcoming transportation obstacles is a common factor for those receiving food from Ebenezer Christian Church. Many of the people from the South Sacramento neighborhood known as The Avenues do not have the resources to access the services provided at SFBFS’ main campus in Oak Park. “To travel by bus with a child in a stroller and another child in hand and then transport food back home is not possible for many,” Karen said. Having a partner agency in The Avenues neighborhood helps people who otherwise would not have access to healthy food options. “It's been a great partnership! We've grown to meet the need of the community including helping a local elementary school where 98% of the students qualify for free or reduced breakfast and lunch. SFBFS provides the food and our church supplies the volunteers to distribute food items to the community,” Karen said.
SFBFS and Ebenezer Christian Church’s work is not just about giving out groceries. Both organizations offer other services such as health fairs, flu shot clinics and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals(DACA)seminars for community members. SFBFS offers Clothing, Parent Education, Adult Education, Youth Education and Senior programs to help guide people on the road to success. Ebenezer Christian Church is hard at work planning English as a Second Language classes and an after-school study lab for middle school students to begin in 2015.
SFBFS thanks Ebenezer Christian Church for their dedicated partnership to ending hunger and building communities where everyone thrives. Only by working together can we build a unified Sacramento where no men, women or children will wonder about their next meal.
If you are an organization looking to begin a partnership with SFBFS, please call (916) 456-1980.
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