Janet - January 2018

Janet didn’t think she would need help. But after retiring, Janet found herself in need of some extra help when it came to nutritious food. “I looked up online for places where I could get some food after I retired and found out my retirement check wouldn’t stretch far enough.” Janet isn’t alone. Nearly 1 in 5 of adults over the age of 65 in California cannot afford basic needs such as food. According to Feeding America, 63% of senior households in the U.S. are forced to choose between food and medical care.

Left to right: Shen Low (Community Health Educator) Frances Pena, Areeba Siddiqui (Community Health Educator), and Vicky Armella

After finding out about Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services’ Produce for All distributions, Janet has found that extra help she needs. “I’ve been here about a half dozen times,” says Janet. “Produce for All directly offsets what I would have to pay for food. It’s good, nutritious food.”

Produce for All provides free, fresh fruits and vegetables to individuals and families in under-served areas throughout Sacramento County. These produce distributions occur at health clinics, schools, churches and other community centers. In 2016-17, Produce for All received over 57,000 visits and distributed more than 328,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. There are no requirements to receive food and the only information participants are asked is how many live in their household.

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services strives to help individuals and their families by assisting with their immediate needs such as food while also helping them toward self-sufficiency by providing resources and education. At Produce for All distributions, participants receive recipe cards, information from local organizations and may apply for CalFresh.

When asked what she wants others who are struggling to know, Janet said, “Resources like this are available. Hang in there, things can get better.”

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