Alcaraz-Diaz - September 2016

Making small changes can have huge impacts. This sentiment rings true for the Alcaráz-Diaz family. Isabel and her husband, José, were looking to make a change in their family’s diet. As a strong Mexican family, their traditional Mexican meals tended to be heavy in meat, beans rice and of course…bread! José admits, “Sometimes I’d eat a few pieces of sweet bread for breakfast on my way to work. It was just easy.” With three young children at home, José and Isabel wanted to set a healthy example for their kids but weren’t quite sure where to start.

José heard about Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) on the radio and was interested in the Health & Nutrition courses offered at our Family Services campus in Oak Park. As the cook for the household, Isabel took it upon herself to sign up for SFBFS’ 6-week Health & Nutrition classes. According to Isabel, the classes taught her how to grocery shop with healthy meals in mind, how to reduce sodium intake, the importance of portion sizes and more. “I knew our diet needed to change, but the classes even encouraged us to be more active as a family. We now take the kids to the park about five times per week for exercise,” shares Isabel.

Since the course, José and Isabel report eating less meat, more vegetables and less bread! Even their eldest daughter, Valeria, is beginning to understand the importance of healthy eating and has adjusted well to the diet changes at home. “I’m proud to be able to provide healthy and nutritious meals to my daughters and my husband. We’ve all felt a huge change in energy and overall well-being.”

For more information about SFBFS’ Health & Nutrition classes, visit or call (916) 456-1980.

Click on a link below to read archived Client Spotlights:

August 2016 - Mehry Family (Refugee Resettlement)
July 2016 - Megan and Zaire (Parent Education)
June 2016 - Rosalyn (SMUD)
May 2016 - Nathan (Adult Education)
April 2016 - Target Excellence (Food Access)
March 2016 - Carmen (Clothing program)
February 2016 - Ramona (Holiday Recap)
January 2016 - Frankie Rumsey (CalFresh Outreach)

December 2015 - Montoya Green (Parent Education)
November 2015 - Latdavanh Reyes (Adult Education)
October 2015 - Jamie Monroe (Adult Education)
September 2015 - Heart for the Hungry (Partner Agency)
August 2015 - Samaya Ridgeway (Youth Education)
July 2015 - Nematullah Sarvary (Refugee Resettlement)
June 2015 - Denise Ford (Demonstration Garden)
May 2015 - Joanne Fleming (Clothing)
March 2015 - Adriana Santoyo (Youth Education)
February 2015 - Inna Kushnirchuk (Parent Ed)
January 2015 - Ebenezer Christian Church (Partner Agency)


December 2014 - Mercy Housing (Partner Agency)
November 2014 - Kenneth Holder (Food Access)
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 (Demonstration Garden)
March 2014 - Theodore Williams (Food Access)
February 2014 - Maria Perez (Parent Education)
January 2014 - Francine Murchinson (Clothing)