Church Down the Street

Church Down the Street

I’ve driven by Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church hundreds of times over the past decade. Just a few blocks from my house, I’d always admired the beautiful statue out front that showcased flowers and colorful fabrics at different times throughout the year. On Wednesday, July 24 I decided to learn a bit more about the church’s role in fighting hunger in our community.

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Cooking From Scratch Without A Catch: Healthy Family Meals On A Budget

Cooking From Scratch Without A Catch: Healthy Family Meals On A Budget

Despite efforts to improve the health of the world’s children, a 2018 study shows that childhood obesity rates are increasing. In Sacramento, where nearly 25% of households have children, busy parents are juggling work with childcare and rising living costs. It can feel impossible to create family meals that are healthy, free from hidden fats, sugars and additives yet still crucially affordable.

Thankfully, there are ways to be thrifty with time and ingredients to create meals that do the job; from using every part of vegetables to cooking in batches on weekends or days off. Plan your week’s menu before you go shopping so that you can ensure variety through the week and get the most use out of your ingredients. Here are some ideas for that shopping list.

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Five Tips for Growing a Garden that Fights Hunger

Five Tips for Growing a Garden that Fights Hunger

Do you grow your own vegetables? You don’t need a big garden to produce a large harvest. In fact, a recent study by AmpleHarvest.org revealed that 80 percent of gardeners grow more fresh food than they can personally use. Collectively, gardeners produce an extra 11 billion pounds of food every year. Instead of letting that healthy food go to waste, many generous gardeners donate it to families in need through their local food pantry.  

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Visit to Powerhouse Christian Ministries

Visit to Powerhouse Christian Ministries

In June, I attended Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services’ bi-annual Partner Agency meeting where Partner Agencies shared accomplishments from the past year and exciting goals for the coming months. Over 200 attendees broke up into groups based on geography and played bingo to learn more about fellow agencies in our community. Toward the end of the two-hour meeting, we swapped contact information with three Partner Agencies and agreed to set up informative visits.


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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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