Thursday, June 23, 2011

ALLDATA Health and Safety Fair

Toni Correa, ALLDATA Health and Wellness Committee member;
Mary Ann Chappelle, Support Works Program Manager; and
Jenna Lobato, ALLDATA Health and Safety Fair Coordinator

Volunteers from our Support Works program were invited to participate at ALLDATA's Health and Safety Fair. Information about our Program was distributed at the Fair held at ALLDATA's Headquarters on West Taron Drive.

We were surprised with a visit the other day from the Coordinator and a Committee Member for the event. It was nice to meet the people behind the telephone conversations and emails we shared. In addition to the opportunity to have an informational table at their Fair, the generous and community-minded people at ALLDATA donated food, clothing and toiletries.

The kindness from ALLDATA didn't stop there. Jenna Lobato, Health and Safety Fair Coordinator, smiled and presented Mary Ann Chappelle, Program Manager, a check for our Support Works program.

It is only through the support of like-minded businesses and organizations, that EGFBS can continue to provide this vital Program. Thank you, ALLDATA!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Baby You're a Firework!

Our ambitious volunteers are selling fireworks! You can purchase your personal pyrotechnics at our booth in the Waterman Grove Shopping Center at the southeast corner of Elk Grove Boulevard and Waterman Road.

We will be here June 28, 2011 to July 4th, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

If you are going to purchase fireworks for your Fourth of July celebration, please consider making your purchase at the EGFBS Fireworks Booth. All of the proceeds will go toward our Support Works program that inspires and motivates clients to reach their individual goals.

Our program is designed to assist people who want to work through their problems. The four components of Support Works are:
  1. Job Readiness Training - provides instruction and support to enter the very competitive job market. Some of the topics covered: skills assessments, personality testing, resume writing, mock interviews, mentors and job listings.
  2. Parenting Class - learn how to improve the quality of life in your household. Through class discussion and homework, you can learn how to create an encouraging atmosphere in your home, create logical consequences for children and promote cooperation and responsibility within the family.
  3. People Assisting The Homeless (PATH) - provides emergency assistance to people in immediate extreme need, assists persons out of homelessness, provides connection to community resources, and provides counseling for people to work their way back to independence.
  4. Support Group - work on personal issues through problem-solving, connecting to community resources and peer support.

Guest speaker, Tom Orrick of Creekside Counseling,
speaking to Support Works clients.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Fathers' Day

Barbara Hoover and her students from Harriet Eddy Junior High School collected and donated cake mix and frosting. These thoughtful donors chose to give these "luxury" food items for our client families to use in their Fathers' Day celebration.

I am sure that dear old Dad will be pleasantly surprised this Fathers' Day with cake. Yum!

Thank you for a thoughtful and generous donation!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Fundraising Bike Tour

Seven people from Elk Grove will be bicycling across Iowa to raise funds for homeless people in our area. They will be riding in the 39th annual Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI). Over 10,000 bicyclers will be participating in the seven-day ride that covers 472 miles and includes 21,406 feet of climbing.

John Platt and Frank Lucia in their RAGBRAI Bicycle Shirts.

John Platt, Penny Pinard, Dave Hieronimus, Arnie Vierra, John van Doren, Wendy Wyles and Frank Lucia will be pedaling for PATH (People Assisting The Homeless), a program provided by Elk Grove Food Bank Services.

PATH is a program that assists homeless families and individuals. The Program helps clients out of homelessness, provides basic necessities, connects clients to local resources, provides case management, and assistance in learning life skills. The goal of PATH is to assist the homeless population of Elk Grove towards self-sufficiency and greater independence.

EGFBS is accepting donations to sponsor these "magnificent seven" across Iowa. 100 percent of all donations contributed will go directly to assisting the homeless in Elk Grove through the PATH program. The cyclists suggest several options to support their efforts:
  1. Contribute an amount on a per mile basis. RAGBRAI is 472 miles.
  2. Make a donation for each day of the ride. The "seven" will be pedaling for seven days.
  3. Consider a donation for the age of the eldest member of the team - John Platt is 75 years old and will be riding in his ninth RAGBRAI.
Please mail your donation to:

Elk Grove Food Bank Services
P. O. Box 1447
Elk Grove, CA 95759

Friday, June 10, 2011

Panel Truck Got Painted

Our white panel truck makes the rounds in the the Elk Grove area, picking up donations and dropping them off at our warehouse facility on Dino Drive. The truck was a plain old white panel truck, nothing special. Nothing special until we received a visit from Glen Guenard. The local lawyer arrived at our Dino Drive facility for a tour, and asked our Executive Director, Marie Jachino, what he could do to help.

Marie explained our newest endeavor, EGFBS Awareness Campaign. People in the Elk Grove area that need help and don't know where to go. Many people in the area do not know about Elk Grove Food Bank Services and the services we provide.

Standing in photo (from the back) Marie Jachino, Executive Director; Travis Ham, Operations Manager; Angie Velasquez-Caulk, Volunteer; and Rosa Avila, Volunteer.

The new signage for the Food Bank truck was donated by Elk Grove lawyer, Glenn Guenard. It is our hope that through the "branding" of our delivery truck and other efforts in the works; more people in need will investigate the services available through EGFBS.

Our drivers are happy and proud to be running their routes in a truck that has a "new" added visibility. I'm sure that the drivers will be waving a friendly "Thank you!" when they drive past the offices of Glenn Guenard on Elk Grove Boulevard.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Baby Drive

Several local financial institutions are "banking" on your support of their Month of June Baby Drive. They are collecting baby items that are distributed at the Food Bank:

Diapers, Formula and Baby Cleansing Products

If you want to contribute, please deliver the items to:

River City Bank
8923 Elk Grove Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA 95624

River City Bank
7127 Elk Grove Blvd., Ste. 103
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Mechanics Bank
8235 Laguna Blvd., Ste. 100
Elk Grove, CA 95758

US Bank
5000 Laguna Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Elk Grove Commerce Bank
8150 Laguna Blvd
Elk Grove, CA 95758

The demand for these products is growing, and donors maybe unaware that EG Food Bank distributes baby products. In the past we were able to keep basic baby products in supply; but lately, many times our shelves have run empty. We did not have the baby products requested by parents in need.

So if you are able, please join the local banks who are collecting baby products for the littlest citizens in our community.