Every month, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services features a client dedicated to improving their own life through education and support.
Elaine Kowalski - December 2018
On a stormy mid-week morning, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) staff and volunteers pitched tents, prepared food boxes, hope the set-up withstands some wild weather and clients would safely navigate the treacherous roads to receive their packages. Food Access Program Coordinator Sally Fifield worried the rain may confuse some and began calling homes to let clients know their food is waiting. The Rancho Cordova Library location’s Food for Seniors distribution has a dedicated team that remain undeterred!
Elaine Kowalski arrived with her friend Doris in tow. She’s relatively new to Food for Seniors and thrilled to share with a friend in need. “This is my third time!” She learned about the program through a nearby food pantry. “I’m helping raise my six grandchildren and there are lots of mouths to feed around our table. I really love this generosity.”
Elaine greatly appreciated the prepared boxes and the extra nutrition they provide. Food insecurity affects her household and adding this to their resources has helped fill a gap, “with limited income and many mouths, every little bit helps.” She doesn’t mind venturing out in extreme weather to keep food on the table.
There is a strong sense of community at this gathering of staff, volunteers and clients. Despite serving over 3,000 per month through Food for Seniors, Program Coordinators poses warm working relationships with clients and facilitators. Elaine and Doris checked in and proceeded to chat and joke with the team. They were both excited to hear about other services offered and devised a system to share information. As volunteers shuttled their boxes of food to the car, Elaine confirmed the date for next month’s distribution. “Thanks so much! See you next month!” Doris peeked inside this month’s package and declares “This is such good food. We appreciate it!”
SFBFS developed Food for Seniors in an effort to meet the financial, medical and mobility challenges seniors face with expanded access to food. SFBFS distributes approximately 20 pound of free groceries such as milk, grains, cheese, juice, meat, peanut butter, canned vegetables and canned fruit once per month to seniors in need. Providing these supplements allows low-income seniors to purchase other essentials.
Low-income seniors can access food in Sacramento County through designated food pantries, libraries and faith-based organizations. To sign up for Food for Seniors, bring proof of identity and address verification to a Food for Seniors distribution. SFBFS will be there to assist you, rain (even extreme rain) or shine!
For more information about SFBFS’ Food for Seniors program, please click here.
Click on a link below to read archived Client Spotlights:
December 2018 - Elaine Kowalski (Food for Seniors)
November 2018 - Omar (Youth Education)
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)