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:

Annette Kitowski - May 2017

Each month Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) feeds 130,000 individuals throughout Sacramento County. SFBFS provides fresh produce at 14 Produce for All distributions, feeds students through No Student Left Hungry and meets elderly individuals’ need through Food for Seniors. However, most food distribution occurs through SFBFS’ Partner Agency Network. These agencies are non-profits throughout Sacramento County that host food distributions, provide congregate meals or USDA commodities to food insecure individuals. There are currently 224 agencies partnering with SFBFS to provide these services, and believe it or not, just two staff members work directly with these agencies. With agencies shopping at SFBFS five days per week, you can imagine there is a lot going on as far as communications, data entry, relations and planning. This is where SFBFS’ wonderful volunteers come in to play! SFBFS is please to introduce to you Annette Kitowski, an Agency Relations volunteer.

Annette Kitowski is retired from 22 years of sales and marketing and professional development. She is a native Californian and studied Public Relations and Communications at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. As a Professional Development Manager in the finance industry, Annette’s role included developing and executing education curriculum, implementing a certification program and conference planning. Annette, based off her professional experience, is the ideal volunteer for SFBFS’ Partner Agency Network. It makes sense that she would fit right in as a volunteer, too.

Growing up, her parents encouraged volunteering and giving back to the community. Her mom volunteered with a local children’s hospital and her dad at a Boys & Girls Club, Annette was introduced to volunteerism at a young age. Annette herself volunteered while she was growing up too, at nursing homes, hospitals and at her son’s school while he was growing up. Now with her son out of school and no work schedule to stick to, Annette has even more time to get involved, lucky for SFBFS, she chose SFBFS as the place to volunteer.

Annette works with Patrick and Rosie in Agency Relations providing support wherever it is needed most. Currently, she is assisting with data entry in order to update the Partner Agency Feeding Report and is always assisting with planning the 2nd annual Partner Agency Conference this fall. When asked why she keeps coming back Annette said, “I keep coming back because I see the difference I can make in people’s lives, inside and outside the organization.”

The people she has met and the impact she is making makes it all worth it. Annette believes that getting involved to make a difference in whatever area that interests you is very important for citizens in any community; being a part of the difference in people’s lives not only makes it a better place for others, but also for yourself. Annette has been such an asset to the Agency Relations program that her first name has become synonymous with the ideal clerical/administrative volunteer.

On behalf of the Agency Relations team, and SFBFS, we thank you for your service Annette, and look forward to what you will continue to bring to the organization.

Click on a link below to read archived Volunteer Spotlights:

December 2014 - Raina Graves
November 2014 - Anna Guzavety
September 2014 - Lisa Wolfman
August 2014 - Edie Blackshire
July 2014 - Marcella Ramirez
June 2014 - Christine Trillo
May 2014 - Michelle Garcia
April 2014 - Linda Von Schoech
March 2014 - Rosalie Ferguson
February 2014 - Kimberly Swenson
January 2014 - Nana Djunga

May 2017 - Annette Kitowski
April 2017 - Jim Weske
March 2017 - Andrew and Arcade Church
February 2017 - Minnie Jimenez
January 2017 - Jake Henshaw

December 2016 - Trish Henderson
November 2016 - Jacinto
October 2016 - Cristo Rey student interns
September 2016 - Laurie Owens
August 2016 - Karen O'Hara
July 2016 - Teresa Suter
June 2016 - Jennifer Tillman
May 2016 - Ms. Joyce
May 2016 - Dan Decious
April 2016 - Pat,Judy, Steve & Ted
March 2016 - Gloria Clark
February 2016 - Sydney Donnell
January 2016 - Sarah Cheung

December 2015 - Hattie Lagrimas
November 2015 - Chariss Fong
October 2015 - Bette Simpson
September 2015 - The Green Family
August 2015 - Katie Price
July 2015 - Ric Burwell
June 2015 - Eugene Asampong-Oduro
April 2015 - Makoto Hawkins
March 2015 - Dustin Richardson
February 2015 - Teri Weesner
January 2015 - Alec Gonzales