Each month, a volunteer at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services is featured for their dedication of time and talent. This month's volunteer spotlight is:
Adeola Badmos - December 2018
Seniors face a number of unique financial, medical, and mobility challenges that put them at a greater risk for food insecurity. Many seniors in our community are forced to choose between paying for groceries and buying other necessities, including medication or face other barriers to food access such as lack of transportation.
To address this need, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services’ (SFBFS) Food for Seniors program provides healthy, nutritious food to low income Sacramento County seniors. SFBFS partners with 23 agencies to provide over 3,000 seniors groceries each month at 58 different locations. These distributions occur at senior housing complexes, community centers and local food pantries.
The product seniors receive is composed of 10-12 different non-perishable goods and does not come prepackaged- each box must be organized and packed tirelessly by volunteers. One of those volunteers is Adeola Badmos. Originally from Nigeria, Adeola is a recent MA graduate from Government/International Relations at California State University, Sacramento. She is also an artist, stylist and loves both cooking and traveling. When she is not volunteering, Adeola works at Veterans Business Outreach as a consultant.
Adeola is no stranger to volunteering and had the opportunity to help out on an international level by organizing groups of volunteers to assist with feeding the homeless twice a year while studying abroad in Cyprus.
After hearing about Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) from a friend, Adeola attended a volunteer orientation and can now be found on Tuesday mornings working alongside other volunteers carefully packing boxes for the Food for Seniors program to be distributed at one of the 58 sites throughout the month. “I have always wanted to help and give back to my community and make a difference.” Adeola said. “And that goes a long way, no help is too little- we can all touch lives.”
Not only does she help with the Food for Seniors program, Adeola has also helped SFBFS preparing for special events and sorting food for other SFBFS food programs. “I helped in bagging products for the Turkey distribution for Thanksgiving, sorted foods, bagged and rebagged beans - I enjoyed every part of it. I know food is one of the most essential things in life. We all need food to survive.”
Click on a link below to read archived Volunteer Spotlights:
December 2018 - Adeola Badmos (Food for Seniors)
November 2018 - Kimmy Swafford (Youth Education)
October 2018 - Essa Loinab (No Student Left Hungry)
September 2018 - David Mitchell (Adult Education)
August 2018 - Rick Scott (Refugee Resettlement Services)
July 2018 - Kaitlyn Raymond (Health & Nutrition)
June 2018 - Juana Lopez-Rodriguez (Clothing)
May 2018 - Jocelyn Morales (CalFresh)
April 2018 - The Pre-ESL Teaching Team (Adult Education)
March 2018 - Michelle Camba (Partner Agency Network)
February 2018 - Kate Williams (Parent Education)
January 2018 - Jack Gallaher (Produce for All)
December 2017 - Ann and Robert Hollis (Refugee Resettlement Services)
November 2017 - Yasaman Nourkhalaj (Health & Nutrition)
October 2017 - Jane Lamborn (Immigration Legal Services)
September 2017 - Dian Finch
August 2017 - Christine Jackson (Youth Education)
July 2017 - Powerhouse Christian Ministries (Food for Seniors)
June 2017 - Joan Blaise (Parent Education)
May 2017 - Annette Kitowski (Partner Agency Network)
April 2017 - Jim Weske (Adult Education)
March 2017 - Andrew and Arcade Church (Produce for All)
February 2017 - Minnie Jimenez (Clothing)
January 2017 - Jake Henshaw (CalFresh)