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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    Feeding the hungry, one neighborhood at a time

    Feeding the hungry, one neighborhood at a time

    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.

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    Gardening tips for the winter

    Gardening tips for the winter

    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!

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    Why I participate in Run to Feed the Hungry

    Why I participate in Run to Feed the Hungry

    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.

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    California State Employees continue to break records in annual food drive!

    California State Employees continue to break records in annual food drive!

    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.

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    Farm Fresh Produce with CalFresh

    Farm Fresh Produce with CalFresh

    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.

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    Help Your Kids Be Thankful This Season

    Help Your Kids Be Thankful This Season

    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.

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    An Amazing Summer - One Intern's Perspective

    Sahil Dayal was a CalFresh Outreach intern this past summer. Here at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS), he gained invaluable experience, such as expanding his language skills and teaching clients how to apply for CalFresh and buy nutritious, fresh foods. Sahil is currently studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UC Davis. Here is a testimonial about his time as an intern at SFBFS:

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