Client Spotlight

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.

ECCpartneragencyOne 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.

 Click on a link below to read archived Client Spotlights:

January 2015 - Daniel Hunley (SMUD) 
January 2015 - Ebenezer Christian Church (Food)
December 2014 - Mercy Housing (Food)
November 2014 - Kenneth Holder (Food)
September 2014 - Yvonne Davis (Senior)
August 2014 - Rahimi Family (Youth Education)
July 2014 - Kevin Wiley (Parent Education)
June 2014 - Krash Munoz (Youth Education)
May 2014 - Virgina Saucedo (Adult Education) 
April 2014 - Sherrie Kelley (Food - Garden)
March 2014 - Theodore Williams (Food)
February 2014 - Maria Perez (Parent Education) 
January 2014 - Francine Murchinson (Clothing)
December 2013 - Johnson Family (SMUD)
December 2013 - Yelena Demchik (Food)
November 2013 - Kenyatta Clark (Food) 
October 2013 - Frank and Janet (Food)
October 2013 - Julie Bucsit (Food - Garden)
September 2013 - Javier Martinez (Adult Education)
September 2013 - Jennifer McCoy (Food - Garden)
August 2013 - Hassan Abdullah (Clothing)
July 2013 - Jesse Rodriguez (Youth Ed)
June 2013 - Minnie Counts (Food, Garden)



  May 2013 - Christina Bordenave (Parent Ed)
April 2013 - Gertrude Byrd (Senior)
April 2013 - Cynthia Ryan (Food)
March 2013 - Diana Licon (Youth Education)
March 2013 - Alicia Brown (Food)
February 2013 - Gabriela Enriquez (Parent Ed)
December 2012 - Cynthia Robertson (Clothing)
November 2012 - Naomi Fox (SMUD)
October 2012 - Gayle and Calith (Food)
September 2012 - Veronica Lopez (Adult Ed)
August 2012 - Ossie Townsend (Food)
July 2012 - Moria Osario (Adult Education)
June 2012 - Gigi Winther (Senior)
May 2012 - Joyce & Christian (Parent Ed)
April 2012 - Yuvonda McNeal (Adult Education)
March 2012 - April Hewlett (Adult Education)
February 2012 - Diego Aguilar (Youth Ed)
January 2012 - Oleksandr and Olga (Parent Ed)
November 2011 - Maria Delgado (Mother-Baby)
October 2011 - Carl & Collette (Clothing)

Volunteer Spotlight – October 2011
Yolanda Moore

yolanda.jpgYolanda Moore originally came to Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) about five years ago when she was taking art classes at a local community college. She heard, by word of mouth, about a free art program for women in Sacramento, offered at a local non-profit organization. She became intrigued with the idea decided to check it out. What she found was the Women’s Wisdom Art program at SFBFS, a free art group for women from diverse backgrounds, who come together to support one another, learn new skills, and gain self-confidence and creativity. Yolanda felt very at home and started to gain confidence in her artistic abilities.

yolanda_1.jpgAfter attending classes, she decided to pursue her degree in Art at Sacramento State University. Her classes began to take up the majority of her time. Eventually she approached Helen Plenert, Women’s Wisdom Art Program Manager, to inform her that she no longer had time to participate in the program and needed to commit full time to her Sac State classes. Although Helen and the other students were sad to see Yolanda leave, it made them happy that she was pursuing a lifelong goal. By setting such a goal and steadfastly working toward it, Yolanda was unknowingly inspiring others in the program. “Even as a student, she was always a huge help in the classroom,” says Helen. “I asked her to consider coming back as a volunteer someday. It was just over a year ago when she walked back in to begin volunteer work for us. “

In 2010, Yolanda returned to SFBFS after receiving her degree as a volunteer for the Women’s Wisdom Art program.  As a volunteer, Yolanda offers support to the students in the program. “Every day is different,” says Yolanda. She typically arrives before any classes start, working with the instructors and pulling out all the necessary materials. The women often ask for help finding a certain item or ask for Yolanda’s opinion on a project. “Every woman has her own style when it comes to art,” she comments. “I try to give my opinion to them while at the same time making sure it doesn’t interfere with their own ideas.” Yolanda’s favorite part of volunteering is seeing students progress. Oftentimes students arrive unsure and afraid that they can’t create something worthwhile. The nature of the program allows them to freely express themselves and develop creatively. Once a student sees their work displayed on a gallery wall, they feel accomplished and self-confident. “The quality of the artwork created by these women is truly impressive,” says Yolanda.

Helen and the other instructors in the program value each and every day that Yolanda volunteers in the classroom. According to Helen, Yolanda is one of those rare jewels who see what needs to be done and just jumps headfirst in to do it. A new student may need some comforting and Yolanda just sits down next to her as if that was the last seat in the room and strikes up a conversation. Another minute she is up to her elbows in dirty dishes and paint brushes. “It's really a rare moment when I have to ask her to help with something specific because she usually thinks of it before I do. In fact, she may have already done it before I finish asking!” says Helen.

In addition to volunteering, Yolanda can be found painting or drawing on her own time, spending time with her friends, or visiting her family, including her grown children and five grandchildren.

If you are interested in volunteering your time to help someone in need in our community, click here for more information.