As summer approaches, I look forward to weekend barbecues, hot afternoons spent on the river with family and the slightest slowing of pace (before we ramp up for our busy Thanksgiving season). Most children, including my own two girls, will enjoy a short break from school. Summer often conjures images of happiness and an opportunity to pause the hectic schedule of life. But for many families we serve at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS), it may not be a season to look forward to.
During summer recess, children who rely on school lunch and/or school breakfast for their main source of food may go without. In addition, many adults must stop working or attending school to provide childcare during summer break. Thankfully, SFBFS serves people from various backgrounds twelve months out of the year, ensuring neighbors throughout Sacramento County have a place to turn when they need support.
SFBFS’ Produce for All along with our 220 Partner Agencies, ramp up for summer months to deliver healthy food for families in our community. It pains me to think a child living in the heart of our Farm-to-Fork capital would go without access to beautiful summer fruits and vegetables. Thankfully, our CalFresh outreach team will be out in full force this summer, helping families register for food stamps and encouraging use of CalFresh at local farmers’ markets. Are you aware CalFresh offers a 2-for-1 match? This can help so many parents when dollars are tight, to provide healthy options for their children.
SFBFS’ Adult Education will offer summer sessions for English as a Second Language, GED and HiSET tutoring and technology classes, which benefit anyone looking to improve their situation. Whether an adult wishes to achieve their high school equivalency for improved employment, to serve as a role model for their child or just to complete a personal goal, SFBFS volunteers stand at the ready to assist, regardless of an individual’s situation.
If you’re looking to expand your summer activities beyond barbecues and beach time, I encourage you to come visit us at SFBFS. Maybe you have the time and talents to provide tutoring, or dollars to donate toward purchasing healthy produce. We welcome supporters from all backgrounds, as we do for families we serve.
I wish you a happy summer and thank you for all that you do to serve our community year round.
PS – If advocacy catches your attention and you might be interested in learning how to support SFBFS from a policy perspective, I invite you to join me for Hunger Action Day on May 22.