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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
It’s finally summer, and while schools across the country are sending students off to enjoy sunshine and sand, they are also sending them off with summer reading lists – because learning shouldn’t stop just because school is out.Read More
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.Read More
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