A Food Bank Revolution to Remember

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) acquired Senior Gleaners, Inc., another local nonprofit with a similar mission in December 2014. With that merger, SFBFS acquired a 110,000 sq. ft. warehouse in north Sacramento. On October 27, 2015, SFBFS hosted a Welcome event for donors, community members and volunteers to see our new warehouse and announce the Food Bank Revolution!

 

What is the Food Bank Revolution you ask? It’s a change that SFBFS is bringing to the food banking industry. Unlike most food banks in the country, SFBFS is dedicated to providing educational resources in addition to food resources to people in need. Our mission is to move people toward self-sufficiency and financial independence and that goal is not achieved without first addressing the root causes of hunger. This is the message we hoped to get across at our Food Bank Revolution event.

After months of prep work, a small committee, myself included, planned out an afternoon of wealth and knowledge. The warehouse was cleared to make space for 12 booths showcasing all the services offered at SFBFS including Adult Education, Youth Education, Parent Education, CalFresh and more. Attendees were invited to take a tour of our facilities and followed a marked path that took them on a journey of immediate needs to self-sufficiency.

Many people are surprised at the amount of services provided at no cost here at SFBFS. Having the visual of each booth representing a unique service and the staff presence to explain the significance of each was invaluable. I could hear people saying, “Gosh, I had no idea you offered this,” and “This is all free?” Knowing that just one person was educated on the services being offered at SFBFS left me hopeful that they in turn would pass along their knowledge and hopefully, empower someone in their lives to take advantage of what’s being offered in their community.

The afternoon continued with a speech from our CEO/President, Blake Young describing the importance of SFBFS to the Sacramento community and encouraging others to get involved in the Food Bank Revolution. All in all, the event was a huge success with approximately 275 attendees and more than $2,000 in donations.

These types of events are incredibly important to our organization as it really puts a face on the actions we are taking in our community to end hunger. I look forward to more community engagement in the coming year and to share all the wonderful resources our organization provides to those less fortunate in our community.

Submitted by:

Elise Hawkins
SFBFS' Communications Officer