Blake's Monthly Message - Happy National Volunteer Appreciation Week!

Happy National Volunteer Appreciation Week! I hope you will join me in celebrating the incredible accomplishments of our volunteers. From the women who organize donations in Parent Education to the family hanging business attire in Clothing to local business bringing employees to bag produce for our Partner Agency Network, we appreciate the army of people working alongside one another to help local families.

The variety of backgrounds and circumstances bringing individuals to serve at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) consistently impresses and brings me joy. Many heard from friends about a fun, local experience, came to see for themselves and are still volunteering years later. Others began volunteering with their children through a school assignment. Some stayed on after the merger with Senior Gleaners, Inc., while others have called SFBFS their volunteer home for decades.


Rosalie reminds me of the power of volunteerism. In her 98 years of youth, she is as effervescent as ever, encouraging others to roll up their sleeves and bag produce alongside her group who have been serving at SFBFS for decades.

Volunteers are the backbone of SFBFS and make our mission possible. In 2018, 9,206 people took valuable time from their day to tutor adults, ensure their neighbors receive healthy food and welcome those settling in to a new life in Sacramento. I am humbled and honored to work alongside such tremendous individuals.

If you serve as a volunteer, either with SFBFS or elsewhere, thank you. Our community is better because of you.


Blake Young

PS – For more information on becoming a volunteer for SFBFS, click here.