Gardening Tips for the Summer

Gardening Tips for the Summer

Walk outside, take a deep breath. Smell that? It’s California…in the summertime we know so well. A mixture of sycamore and redwood trees, foxglove, dry dusty soil, dry grass, the BBQ or any number of key fragrances that tell you it’s summer. California boasts intense heat and bone chilling cold…sometimes in the same day! These conditions are brought on by prevailing winds, which can bring hot air in from the north or fog and cloud cover from the coast. It’s a wonderful assortment of conditions that can thrill or frustrate even the most skilled of gardeners.

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Supporting Single Mothers

Supporting Single Mothers

Through my time at Feeding America, I’ve interviewed hundreds of mothers struggling to provide for their children during difficult times. It’s been humbling to see mothers always putting their children first. They skip meals, forgo medical care and work multiple jobs to make sure their kids have all they need. Anja is one of these mothers. Her story exemplifies a mother’s sacrifice and courage in the face of adversity, and reminds us that it’s important to support mothers like Anja across the country. There are so many who are struggling in silence, but they don’t need to be. Together, we can help mothers like Anja and her children reach a brighter future.

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Three Ways the House Farm Bill Hurts the Families We Serve

Three Ways the House Farm Bill Hurts the Families We Serve

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.

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8 Habits for Reducing Waste in the Kitchen

8 Habits for Reducing Waste in the Kitchen

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.

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CAFB PACKS A PUNCH IN SACRAMENTO

 CAFB PACKS A PUNCH IN SACRAMENTO

The California Association of Food Banks team arrived early on an unusually cold morning in Sacramento to set up for Capitol Action Day on April 18. They arranged tables, chairs, and breakfast under the tent just in time for the arrival of food bank members, who grabbed cups of hot tea and coffee to battle the chill. CAFB Executive Director Sue Sigler welcomed the attendees and thanked them for their presence, sharing that “our work has never been so important.”

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My First NFAN Meeting

My First NFAN Meeting

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.

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Walmart Foundation Supports SFBFS Capacity Building

Walmart Foundation Supports SFBFS Capacity Building

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.

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Healthy Eating Tips for the New Year!

Healthy Eating Tips for the New Year!

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.

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