Every month, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services features a client dedicated to improving their own life through education and support.
Baylina - October 2018
Assistant Principal Heather Bennet escorted Baylina to the front office on a crisp fall morning. Baylina, all smiles and exuding nine-year-old enthusiasm, politely introduced herself and offered a tour of the school garden. This fourth grader at Ethel Baker Elementary School beamed about the recent harvest and eagerly showed off items still growing in the planter boxes. Her love of garden-fresh food comes from a new service offered by Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) at schools over the past few years.
SFBFS started No Student Left Hungry in 2015 to address the shocking statistic that one in four children face food insecurity in Sacramento County. SFBFS partners with school districts and colleges to provide 17 food distributions on school campuses throughout our community every month, we deliver healthy options to local students and their families (usually 3-5 varieties of produce) and also offer education on healthier food choices.
No Student Left Hungry serves students of all ages, from kindergarten through university. Distributions occur at schools within Sacramento City Unified, Twin Rivers Unified and Robla Elementary school districts. Additionally, SFBFS supports distributions at Sacramento City College, American River College and Sacramento State University.
Once per month, Baylina, along with the 600 other students at Ethel Baker Elementary School, head to the multi-purpose room with backpacks facing forward. Teachers and volunteers fill each student’s pack with fresh fruits and veggies. “I like carrots because the vitamins help you to see,” shares Baylina.
“All of the students participate,” states Assistant Principal Bennet. 100% of the students at Ethel Baker Elementary School qualify for reduced or free breakfast and lunch so access to no-cost produce positively impacts every family’s budget. Many parents are out of work or not making enough to put healthy food options on the table. “This food makes a huge difference. And it exposes children to new food options,” shares Bennet.
Baylina chimes in, “The food is great! We can add the veggies to our pasta at home. And food helps out families when parents are sick.” The food Baylina receives goes a long way at home, helping feed her mother, father and two young sisters.
Reflecting upon items she’s tried over the past year, including onions, apples, potatoes, pears, Romanesco and watermelon, Baylina shares her favorite moment, “We’ve even had potatoes as big as your head!”
For more information about No Student Left Hungry, please click here.
Click on a link below to read archived Client Spotlights:
October 2018 - Baylina (No Student Left Hungry)
September 2018 - Tracie (Adult Education)
August 2018 - Nesar (Refugee Resettlement Services)
July 2018 - Larry (Health & Nutrition)
June 2018 - Gina (Clothing)
May 2018 - Cindy (CalFresh)
April 2018 - Kristina (SMUD EnergyHELP)
March 2018 - Daughters of Zion Enterpryz (Partner Agency Network)
February 2018 - Viktoriya (Parent Education)
January 2018 - Janet (Produce For All)
December 2017 - Naweed (Refugee Resettlement)
November 2017 - Frances (Health & Nutrition)
October 2017 - Lida (Immigration Legal Services)
September 2017 - Van Family (No Student Left Hungry)
August 2017 - Layla and Javon Wallace (Youth Education)
July 2017 - Dorian (Food for Seniors)
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)