The greatest challenge Partner Agencies report to Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS): capacity. Most explain they could share more food (the need sadly exists), but agencies often do not have space to store food, staff to pick up food or ways to transport food.
Thanks to a recent grant from the Walmart Foundation, this recently changed for one local Partner Agency.
Powerhouse Christian Ministries provides food to 4,000 individuals in the Arden area, including 1,500 seniors every month. The church relies on small, older vans to pick up food from SFBFS and deliver throughout the community. Volunteers gladly drive the vehicles every day, but Pastor Jones worried about the vans’ safety and reliability. Not to mention, the vans’ limitations on space. The entire congregation wanted to do more, but without a truck their options seemed limited.
This fall, SFBFS teamed up with Powerhouse Christian Ministries to address their transportation needs. A grant from Walmart Foundation helped provide a used, refrigerated box truck with a professional truck wrap to recognize the great work Powerhouse Christian Ministries provides to the community. Powerhouse Christian Ministries fully utilizes the truck to pick up food directly from local grocery stores and support their operations, making it possible to regularly stock their pantry with fresh, nutritious food staples for timely distribution to the families they serve. They now recover food from three additional grocery stores (eight total) and pick up food six days per week. The Walmart Foundation grant transformed their ability to increase food access for families in the Arden area.
Thank you to Walmart Foundation for their financial gift and to all agencies going all-in to help end food insecurity in Sacramento County.
VP of Communications & Marketing
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services