I walked down a hallway lined with festive, holiday wrapped barrels filled with a bounty of different food donations and as I turned the corner I was surprised to see the line of barrels continued down the next hallway. The hall where community members would soon gather in merriment, and where I was to represent Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) to receive a check donation, was decorated from floor to ceiling, corner to corner in holiday cheer. As people trickled in the room filled with joyful conversations, music and the delicious scent of holiday treats brought to share.
I spoke with retired and current members of the unions that make up the Central Labor Council and learned about the very important, year-round work they do supporting laborers across diverse fields in multiple counties and collaborating with community organizers and representatives, such as Representative McCarty and Senator Pan who were also in attendance. The Central Labor Council goes above and beyond sharing the Christmas spirit within their organization and throughout our Sacramento community.
Their annual Operation Christmas Basket raffle raises money to provide gift baskets for fellow members who are in need of holiday assistance for their families and with the abundance of funds collected there were some left over, which was divided up and donated out in the community to local non-profits. Not only does the Central Labor Council’s Operation Christmas Basket generate resources for their fellow members, it goes above and beyond providing additional resources to SFBFS and other organizations to support even more families and individuals throughout Sacramento County!
SFBFS has enjoyed partnering with United Way and with Central Labor Council for years and I was happy to attend their holiday party to receive this generous donation. SFBFS stretches and leverages donations so that a single donated dollar can provide four meals to someone in need in our community. The impact of each donation goes a long way in providing free, essential services that feed, clothe and educate 157,000 men, women and children throughout Sacramento county each month. SFBFS would not be able to offer these services without the tremendous support of community members and organizations like Central Labor Council and United Way.
Submitted by: Heather Kohlmeister, Administrative Receptionist
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services