Mahari Family - March 2017

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) recently launched a new initiative with a goal to get more fresh produce to more people! Our Produce For All distributions have expanded over the last several months to more than a dozen locations across Sacramento County. A beer-style food truck with roll up doors helps make the distributions easy and convenient for those hosting and those attending. Just in February, Produce For All served fresh fruits and vegetables to 1,181 households and 5,192 individuals at 12 locations throughout Sacramento County. In addition, alternative local resources are provided to like access to CalFresh, La Familia Counseling Center, Inc., Alchemist Community Development Corporation, Public Health Initiative and more!

One local family benefiting from their neighborhood Produce For All is the Mahari family. Ali and his wife Abeer are new to the area and have lived in Sacramento for a short eight months. The pair are originally from Iraq and have two young sons, Muntadher, 12, Hayder ,10, a daughter, Zainab, 5 and a little one on the way. Ali is out of work for now as he recently had surgery on his leg and back and is unable to work. His wife provides in-home care for him.

When asked how he’s enjoying his new home in Sacramento, Ali humbly said, “This life is for our children. We want better for them. It was very hard to leave our family and everything we know behind.” The children are adjusting well and even found out about the Produce For All food distribution through their school; Encina Preparatory High School. Ali shares, “This is only about the fourth time we’ve come to the distribution, but it definitely helps out now that I’m unable to work.” “My Dad doesn’t like potatoes,” squealed little Zainab, “but I love them!”

The family picked up a variety of fruits and vegetables and was appreciative of the fresh abundance of healthy food they were now able to put on the table.

Click on a link below to read archived Client Spotlights:

January 2017 - Kristy (CalFresh)
February 2017 - Glenn (Clothing)
March 2017 - Mahari Family (Produce For All)

December 2016 - Miguel (Turkey Distribution)
November 2016 - Carlos (Immigration Legal Services)
October 2016 - Erisan (Youth Education)
September 2016 - Alcaraz-Diaz Family (Health & Nutrition)
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)