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
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