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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    Diane

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    For the past 15 months, I've volunteered at the Food Bank campus.You can find me in the reception office with my mentor, Cary Howitson, every Friday. I have got to tell you, I look forward to Fridays for so many reasons, not the least being that Cary is an inspiration to work with.

    It is personally fulfilling helping people discover all the fantastic services that Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) offers. Most call to locate food distributors and are more thankful to find out that you can also sign up for adult education, parenting and computer classes. I also let them know that we help with resumes, finding employment opportunities and much more.

    We have terrific staff and volunteers who can help them sign up for CalFresh, distribute fresh produce, and host nutrition classes.

    Everyone I've met while volunteering at SFBFS makes me feel better about people in general. Come on by and say hi!

    Mrs. Flores

    Mrs. Flores was working but wasn’t earning enough to meet her family’s needs.  Since her husband lost his job, Mrs. Flores struggled every month to cover basic expenses. Talking with Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services’ (SFBFS) staff at a CalFresh outreach event opened the door to hope for her. 

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    The SFBFS team members explained how CalFresh could help supplement the family’s income while her husband tried to find work.  She applied and was thrilled to tell a CalFresh staff member who called later that she was now getting CalFresh benefits.

    “Receiving CalFresh is like a miracle for me at this time of my life,” Mrs. Flores said.

    Submitted by: Lorena Carranza

    Ms. Brown

    Sometimes the first step to providing CalFresh benefits is delivering up-to-date information about the program. Ms. Brown, a single senior struggling with food costs, had been turned down for food stamp assistance many years ago because she receives Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. Fortunately, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services’ (SFBFS) CalFresh Outreach team was available when she needed help and decided it was time to ask again about her eligibility. 

    A team member explained that the policy had changed and SSDI no longer disqualified her for CalFresh benefits.  After struggling with food costs for so long, this information was welcome news to Ms. Brown. With the assistance of the SFBFS’ CalFresh team, she promptly applied for CalFresh benefits. When the staff member called her later in the month, Ms. Brown said she was already shopping with her EBT card.

    “This makes it easier to get to the next pay day, knowing I have a little more to spend on other necessities,” she said.

    By: Lorena Carranza