Thursday, January 29, 2015

Curiosity Films Teams up to Help the Elk Grove Food Bank

Curiosity Films Teams up to Help the Elk Grove Food Bank

Have you heard of Curiosity Films?  Curiosity Films is a student-inspired, teacher-directed studio for student filmmakers in grades 3-6 participating in the Foulks Ranch Film Academy.  Jim Bentley is the Director of Curiosity Films and a school teacher at Foulks Ranch Elementary School. 

Check out this video, created by the students, with Sam Fine and Joel Yu.  "Writing of script was completed by Sam on his own with some peer revision and final teacher approval. This was part of a project looking at food waste and hunger in our community. 

So what are you waiting for? Helping is easy and fun to do!"

Thank you students, for caring about the Elk Grove Food Bank and the community you live in.  

Maybe we all can help the students. Here are their two Wish Lists: Amazon Marketplace and B&H Supplies.  With these items they can make more and better videos!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Sincere Thank YOU from the Elk Grove Food Bank

Although the reasons for hunger are complicated, feeding a family or individual in need is not. Donations of food and funds are vital to the Elk Grove Food Bank Services and comprise 80% of our total resources.  We are providing more meals than ever imagined, especially to seniors and children!  Without the support of hundreds of donors blessing us with their gifts, many plates would be empty at the holidays and throughout the year...Over the past six months we have seen a 25% increase in the number of individuals and families who use our services. Every month, more than 4,300 of our neighbors rely on us, a number that continues to rise. Eighty-seven percent of our clients are Elk Grove residents and thirteen percent are from surrounding areas in South County.

Each year, hundreds of volunteers work tirelessly at the Food Bank because they believe in our mission.  Many volunteers value the hands-on experience of packing food boxes for seniors, delivering food to the home-bound medically fragile, stocking shelves, repacking bulk food, sorting fresh produce or packing mixed groceries that will be distributed to families and individuals.  Others give their time as volunteer members of our board and serve on fundraising events.

The Elk Grove Food Bank Services could not accomplish our community service without the tremendous support from so many; our board of directors, staff, our diligent network of partner agencies and grocery stores and our committed donors and volunteers. Your compassion and your gifts have enriched the lives of many!  

"Giving is an expression of gratitude for our blessings."

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Thank You For Your Generosity!

Yesterday was a busy day at the Elk Grove Food Bank - and that's exactly how we like it. Due to the generosity of our community, volunteers were busy processing the food donated. Processing is a word that doesn't really cover what they do on a daily basis.

Sorting Table at the Elk Grove Food Bank graphic

When canned and boxed goods are brought to the Elk Grove Food Bank, volunteers first sort through them to check the expiration date. Then, they put them on the appropriate shelf; that makes it SO much easier to fill boxes and bags to be given to our clients.
Sorting Table and Pasta Shelf graphics 
When vegetables and fruits are donated, a volunteer sorts them into family serving sizes. This time of year items are also being sorted into temporary boxes of Christmas dinner items (canned yams, cranberries, gravy, canned milk, pie filing, etc.

A sample of yesterday's bags included bananas, grapes, bag of oranges, peppers, apple, pear, green onions, pre-made salads, tomatoes, Brussel sprouts and a bag of tomatoes. As the bags are filled, they are placed on a shelf ready to be given to our next client at the window.

In the afternoon, Elk Grove Food Bank picked up a large donation.  It was wonderful! But we also know that with are numbers increasing (over 4,500 clients served monthly), we need to keep filling our shelves.

SO, thank you for your generosity!

P.S. We can always use plastic and brown paper bags.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Our Cupboards are Bare!

So, Please...Can You Share?

It was a BIG day at Elk Grove Food Bank today; Two Men and a Truck moving company delivered the Kids Can Food Drive supplies. KCRA kicks off the Kids Can Food Drive on Friday, October 10th, and local schools start collecting on Monday, October, 13th.

The Kids Can Food Drive is in in 27th year and it support our Food Bank.

Our Cupboards are bare and we really need your help! You can either send your donated canned goods with your student, or drop them off at your local school.  

Thank you SO much for your generosity - the true gift of neighbors helping neighbors!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

SETA Employment Workshops Coming Soon!

Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA) will be holding workshops to help in your job search. Learn about resumes, communication, using the career center, managing life and work, workplace culture, and the interview. Understanding what makes you “stand out from the crowd” in the employer’s view is crucial to landing and keeping that job. 

The Workshops will be held on Tuesday mornings, 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, starting September 23, 2014. Six workshops will be held at Elk Grove Food Bank Services, 9820 Dino Drive, Suite 140, Elk Grove, CA 95624. 

Contact Elk Grove Food Bank Services at 916-685-8453 for more information.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"Orange" You the Best, Raley's Food for Families!!

 Thank you Raley's for your Innovation and Generosity!

Here is Elk Grove Food Bank Services's (EGFBS) first produce order from the recently launched  Raley's Food For Families Produce Pilot ProgramThe Food For Families hopes to address hunger and obesity simultaneously by making fresh produce available for those who normally wouldn't have access to it. EGFBS was selected to be a part of the pilot program.

Pictured on the left is Ken Franklin, EGFBS
Operations Manager and on the right, Brian Brannon from Raley's. Look at all of the delicious, fresh produce that will be shared with our clients!

Here is Brian Brannon from Raley's.  The Raley's Food for Families Produce Pilot Program ran from June 9 - July 31.  Raley's provided a matching donation for every dollar donated during the Summer Donation drive, up to $25,000.

So, a BIG Shout Out to our community.  Thank you for participating.  Thank you for this generous giving in your community.  And, thank you for supporting the EGFBS!  

We couldn't do it without you!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Totally Free Tomato Tasting!

Do Heirloom tomatoes taste different than Cherry tomatoes? Do Sweet 100s taste different than Grape tomatoes?  Come on down and see...or rather, taste!

Join us Saturday, September 6th from 9 am to Noon.

We will have Information Booths from:
* City of Elk Grove
* Master Food Preserves
* Gardeners of the Grove will  have a children's craft booth
* Master Gardeners
* Elk Grove Water District
* Plates 2Envy (yard art)

There will be a children's Composting class.

The Elk Grove Community Garden and Learning Center is located at 10025 Hampton Oak Dr., Elk Grove, CA 95624.