Nancy Cano - June 2017

Nancy (left) with her baby and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez fletcher

Nancy (left) with her baby and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez fletcher

While looking for help as a single parent, Nancy Cano thankfully came across Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS). Nancy’s mother, who participated at Wellspring Women’s Center in Oak Park, referred Nancy to SFBFS’ Parent Education program. Intrigued and in need of additional support, Nancy decided see what Parent Education had to offer.

At the Parent Education orientation, Nancy learned about the free classes and supplies she could now to access. She joined Parent Education in 2013 and currently attends Parent Education classes along with her mom. Nancy has two children, Joshua, age 3, and Cielo, 6 months old. She tries to come to as many classes as possible and her parents are very supportive of her participation in Parent Education. As a result of attending an education course Nancy decided to return to school and pursue a career in medical assisting. She will start at a vocational school in the fall. “I’m happy that I was able to get motivated and go back to school, I need to do it for my children,” commented Nancy.

Nancy enjoys attending classes and receiving free parenting supplies like clothing and diapers for her children. Her favorite class is Special Nutrition for Infants, learning a variety of dietary needs for babies as well as helping them meet daily vitamin intake. According to Nancy, some of her favorite class topics include nutrition, safe sleep and car seat installation. Nancy is now a more confident mom and that she finds valuable information with each new class. Although at times it is difficult to get to classes because of transportation, Nancy actively participates in major events including the Mother’s Day event, the Harvest Health Fair and SFBFS’ Christmas event.

While on her journey to self-sufficiency and financial independence, a few people helped her family along the way. Nancy credits the Parent Education program as always giving her confidence to succeed in her classes. “I feel like they want me to do well and improve my family.”

If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved with SFBFS’ Parent Education, contact (916) 456-1980 or e-mail

Click on a link below to read archived Client Spotlights:

June 2017 - Nancy Cano (Parent Education)                   May 2017 - Christ Chapel (Partner Agency Network)
April 2017 - Wazir (Adult Education)
March 2017 - Mahari Family (Produce For All)
February 2017 - Glenn (Clothing)
January 2017 - Kristy (CalFresh)

December 2016 - Miguel (Turkey Distribution)
November 2016 - Carlos (Immigration Legal Services)
October 2016 - Erisan (Youth Education)
September 2016 - Alcaraz-Diaz Family (Health & Nutrition)
August 2016 - Mehry Family (Refugee Resettlement)
July 2016 - Megan and Zaire (Parent Education)
June 2016 - Rosalyn (SMUD)
May 2016 - Nathan (Adult Education)
April 2016 - Target Excellence (Food Access)
March 2016 - Carmen (Clothing program)
February 2016 - Ramona (Holiday Recap)
January 2016 - Frankie Rumsey (CalFresh Outreach)

December 2015 - Montoya Green (Parent Education)
November 2015 - Latdavanh Reyes (Adult Education)
October 2015 - Jamie Monroe (Adult Education)
September 2015 - Heart for the Hungry (Partner Agency)
August 2015 - Samaya Ridgeway (Youth Education)
July 2015 - Nematullah Sarvary (Refugee Resettlement)
June 2015 - Denise Ford (Demonstration Garden)
May 2015 - Joanne Fleming (Clothing)
March 2015 - Adriana Santoyo (Youth Education)
February 2015 - Inna Kushnirchuk (Parent Ed)
January 2015 - Ebenezer Christian Church (Partner Agency)


December 2014 - Mercy Housing (Partner Agency)
November 2014 - Kenneth Holder (Food Access)
September 2014 - Yvonne Davis (Senior)
August 2014 - Rahimi Family (Youth Education)
July 2014 - Kevin Wiley (Parent Education)
June 2014 - Krash Munoz (Youth Education)
May 2014 - Virgina Saucedo (Adult Education) 
April 2014 - Sherrie Kelley (Demonstration Garden)
March 2014 - Theodore Williams (Food Access)
February 2014 - Maria Perez (Parent Education)
January 2014 - Francine Murchinson (Clothing)