Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Do you golf?

Do you like to golf at the challenging Dry Creek Ranch Golf Course in Galt?

The Elk Grove Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a golf tournament Saturday, October 9, 2010. Elk Grove Food Bank Services is one of the beneficiaries of this fundraiser.

Here is the link to information about the Monsignor O’Connor Charity Golf Tournament.

Got Your Pumpkin?

Volunteers will be working at the CSD Giant Pumpkin Festival of Elk Grove this weekend, October 2 & 3. We will be running the Pumpkin Patch. Come by and get pumpkins for your harvest d├ęcor. Profit from the sale of these pumpkins benefit EGFBS.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Watermelons, Anyone?

A happy group of volunteers from EGFBS were set loose in a watermelon patch at Davis Ranch, in Sloughhouse. Guess how many watermelons they picked? Last count was 148 watermelons.

Through the generosity of the people at Davis Ranch, EGFBS was invited to come out and pick their field clean. As we unloaded the truck, we gave watermelons to our lucky clients. Everyone who received a watermelon smiled and was thankful for the wonderful treat. Thanks, Davis Ranch!

Our volunteer “picking crew” consisted of eight hearty individuals. They all had a great time and all came back dirty from the field work. Ken, one of our long-time, faithful volunteers accompanied this work crew. It amazed me to see him lift and move those watermelons.

Planning on doing some shopping?

If you could use a coupon for 25% off at Macy’s, consider this. For a donation of $5 to Elk Grove Food Bank Services, you will receive a 25% off coupon to use on October 16, 2010.

For more information about this deal, contact Debbie at 916-685-8453 extension 6.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Shredding for EGFBS


I was greeted on Tuesday, August 31, by Tisha Shaffer (Green Valley Mortgage) and Nadia Zierke (Coldwell Banker) with a big check. A great way to start my day!

These incredible women raised $1,025.60 in donations at a Shred-A-Thon/E-Waste event benefiting EGFBS. Thank you!

They Filled the Bus!

Saturday, August 28, the bighearted people of Elk Grove participated in a Fill the Bus event at the new Henry’s Farmers Market at 8211 Laguna Boulevard and the Bel Air Market at 9435 Elk Grove Boulevard (EG Boulevard and Waterman Road).


Volunteers from the Senior Center of Elk Grove and SETA (Sacramento Employment and Training Agency) worked at the event. The Senior Center of Elk Grove also provided the bus. We received 85 bags of food. Thank You. Your donations and efforts help fill the "gap" we face each year when our inventory gets low before food drives start up in the Fall.


This event was organized by the Mayor of Elk Grove, Sophia Scherman. Ms. Scherman heard about our need, and put together a food drive to benefit our friends and neighbors who find themselves in need of a little help.

Thanks Mayor Scherman!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Increasing Support

One of our successful programs is expanding. Support Works’ job training section is now open to men. The new session is an eight-week program and covers topics designed to help clients enter/re-enter the job market.


Our Employment Specialist presents information and techniques gathered from her career in the Human Resources industry; she is also available to “fine-tune” resumes. She has been very successful in creating compelling resumes for past SW clients; assisting them back to work.


The Support Works for Women Group continues as it has for three years on Tuesday and Thursday helping women of all ages grow and learn about issues pertaining to women. Our Program Manager has been very successful in helping clients address and resolve issues that have been holding them back from reaching their goals/potential.


Our Parenting Class provides simple, down-to-earth methods. Join the class and find out that you are not alone in your parental concerns. Our Instructor has over 25 years of experience as a family counselor and parent educator.


These groups will be held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Job Training and Parenting Class is open to anyone who is interested; the Support Group is currently limited to women only.


If you are interested in attending, please call (916) 685-8453 to make reservations.


What: Support Works


When: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Beginning September 7, 2010

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon


Where: 9820 Dino Drive, Suite 140

Elk Grove, CA 95624

(916) 685-8453

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Homeless in Elk Grove

Currently, the homeless population in Elk Grove is at 119 individuals, a 95 percent increase in the past two months. This startling statistic made me want to increase the awareness of the struggle that face our neighbors. These people are like you and me – they once contributed to our community but are now victims of the economy.

Staff informed me of a Sacramento artist who has taken on this controversial subject after visiting and interviewing the inhabitants of “Tent City”. I contacted Judy LewLoose to form a partnership to educate and inform our community of the growing homeless population in our area. We are honored to display LewLoose’s series Dignity for the Homeless - “Sheltering Emotions” at our Dino Drive office. Please visit our office to view her powerful portraits.




Prints from the originals in this collection and other LewLoose works are on display and available for purchase at Elk Grove Food Bank Services. LewLoose has generously designated one-half of the proceeds from the sale of these prints to benefit the programs supported by EGFBS.



Visit Judy's website here: www.lewloosewatercolors.com/

Prints from the originals in this collection and other LewLoose works are on display and available for purchase at Elk Grove Food Bank Services. LewLoose has generously designated one-half of the proceeds from the sale of these prints to benefit the programs supported by EGFBS.


What: Judy LewLoose’s Painting for a Purpose
Dignity for the Homeless – “Sheltering Emotions”

Where: Elk Grove Food Bank Services
9820 Dino Drive, Suite 140
Elk Grove, CA 95624

When: Monday – Thursday
10:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Until December 30, 2010