Seniors face a number of unique financial, medical, and mobility challenges that put them at a greater risk for food insecurity. Many seniors in our community are forced to choose between paying for groceries and buying other necessities, including medication or face other barriers to food access such as lack of transportation.
To address this need, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services’ (SFBFS) Food for Seniors program provides healthy, nutritious food to low income Sacramento County seniors. SFBFS partners with 23 agencies to provide over 3,000 seniors groceries each month at 58 different locations. These distributions occur at senior housing complexes, community centers and local food pantries.
The product seniors receive is composed of 10-12 different non-perishable goods and does not come prepackaged, each box must be organized and packed tirelessly by volunteers. One of those volunteers is Adeola Badmos. Originally from Nigeria, Adeola is a recent MA graduate from Government/International Relations at California State University, Sacramento. She is also an artist, stylist and loves both cooking and traveling. When she is not volunteering, Adeola works at Veterans Business Outreach as a consultant.
Adeola is no stranger to volunteering and had the opportunity to help out on an international level by organizing groups of volunteers to assist with feeding the homeless twice a year while studying abroad in Cyprus.
After hearing about Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) from a friend, Adeola attended a volunteer orientation and can now be found on Tuesday mornings working alongside other volunteers carefully packing boxes for the Food for Seniors program to be distributed at one of the 58 sites throughout the month. “I have always wanted to help and give back to my community and make a difference.” Adeola said. “And that goes a long way, no help is too little- we can all touch lives.”
Not only does she help with the Food for Seniors program, Adeola has also helped SFBFS preparing for special events and sorting food for other SFBFS food programs. “I helped in bagging products for the Turkey distribution for Thanksgiving, sorted foods, bagged and rebagged beans - I enjoyed every part of it. I know food is one of the most essential things in life. We all need food to survive.”