Recently, the House Agriculture Committee voted to advance the most consequential food policy bill in our country. H.R. 2 – The Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (the Farm Bill) – makes deep cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides food assistance to more than 40 million Americans.Read More
Reducing food waste in the kitchen, like most things, is all about creating good habits. Food waste isn't just about tossing your leftovers or buying more than you can eat, it's the little bits of food here and there that go unnoticed that really add up. Here are 8 small habits that can make a big difference when it comes to reducing kitchen waste.Read More
Hunger in America is a serious problem. One that, unfortunately, many people don’t seem to care a lot about. Because of this, we created a new public service announcement (PSA) to show people what hunger looks like in America using familiar childhood stories to help foster a feeling of empathy for people in need.Read More
I recently attended a meeting for NFAN 4, a collection of 12 churches, food pantries and organizations located in Citrus Heights and Orangevale. Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) created NFAN, Neighborhood Food Access Network, as an innovative approach to ending hunger in Sacramento County and I was very excited to see a meeting in action.Read More
The truth is hunger is everywhere, and the numbers back it up. Last year, there were 262,251 people living in extreme poverty in Sacramento Country. That means they were living 100 percent below the federal poverty line or making under $25,100 for a family of four.Read More
With a mission to create opportunities so people can live better, Walmart and Walmart Foundation donated more than $1.4 billion to organizations throughout the U.S. in 2017 and partnered with Feeding America to address food insecurity by building the capacity of food banks across the country. Through that collaboration, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS), a distribution partner of Feeding America, received $200,000 from the 2017 Retail Agency Capacity Building Grant which is designed to address the rescue of perishable food from retailers in order to then distribute it to local communities.Read More
January has arrived and the New Year’s resolutions chatter is everywhere. When it comes to health-related goals, it can be difficult to sift through all the studies and information out there on how to live a healthy lifestyle, especially when it comes to nutrition and diet. The sea of dietary information can sometimes be impractical and don’t take into account all of our body’s needs. SFBFS’ Health & Nutrition team is here to help you navigate! We’ve put together a list of guidelines based on the MyPlate guidelines from the USDA.
How does a food bank measure success? To answer this question, we look to our mission: Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) is dedicated to assisting those in need by alleviating their immediate pain and problems and moving them toward self-sufficiency and financial independence.Read More
As we head into the winter season, you may be wondering what you should do to prepare for the colder temperatures and fewer hours of sunshine. Your garden may be littered with plant debris, tomato cages or any number of trellises for climbing crops.
Fear not! Some basic housekeeping will help ease your mind as you make sense of the furious pace that was summer. Relax, it’s winter! This is the time to take a breath, clean up after yourself and warm up some mulled wine!Read More
I participate in Run to Feed the Hungry every year for a multitude of reasons, mostly feel good ones. I can start by telling you, I do not run because I enjoy getting up early on a cold holiday morning and dragging my over-caffeinated body to the starting line. I do it because I cannot enjoy a huge feast with my loved ones knowing that 1 in 4 children don’t know where their next meal will come from. There are many people in our own community going hungry and I want to start my day of thanks by helping those in need.Read More
The California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) is once again hosting the California State Employees Food Drive (SEFD). The 2017 drive began on November 6 and goes through the holiday season until January 12. Nearly 100 state agencies in the Sacramento region participate in this drive that has been going on for over 25 years. Each participating agency elects a coordinator to motivate employees with ideas and events to encourage donations. Agencies compete with their own individual departments as well as with the other agencies in town, making for a fun way to feed families and contribute to their community. Each agency gets food drive credit for not only food donated to Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS), but also Run to Feed the Hungry registrations, turkeys donated at the turkey drive, food donations outside of Sacramento County and of course financial donations. Each dollar donated is converted to 2.5 pounds of food.Read More
In collaboration with Sacramento International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) New Roots Farm, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) provides weekly farm fresh produce to individuals and families who use CalFresh at a discounted rate.
New Roots Farm is a five-acre plot in West Sacramento and is farmed by resettled refugees.Read More
Every month on the blog, we highlight an SFBFS staff member to give you a peek inside SFBFS’ operations and the people who make the organization run!
This month’s featured staff member is Shay Smith, Technology Education Manager:Read More
This is the time of year we can cozy up with our loved ones and reflect on just how lucky we are. But sometimes with all the planning and obligations that go into Thanksgiving, we have to remind ourselves to take time to be grateful.
It’s important to set this example for our children and encourage them to be thankful for all that we have, while teaching them to be empathetic for those without. Many kids aren’t as fortunate as yours, this year alone, 13 million children face hunger. Helping your family understand the reality of hunger – and how to help – is the perfect gateway to a more thankful and giving Thanksgiving.Read More