Thursday, October 20, 2011

This is How Rosa Does It

I have always wondered how our super organized volunteers assemble the growing number of food boxes we distribute in our Senior Brown Bag program. As you can see our Program is growing in leaps and bounds!

Our Program Manager, Rosa, and our volunteers systematically fill these boxes, making ready for distribution day. We fill the boxes with healthy, nutritional foods for our senior clients; we take in consideration their health concerns and dietary restrictions.

A partially filled Senior Brown Bag box

When they are done assembling the boxes, the boxes are moved across the warehouse near the roll-up doors for distribution. Clients pick-up their food boxes on their designated day. Our volunteers deliver to our home-bound clients.

If you are interested in receiving a Senior Brown Bag, please follow the link above to the EG Food Bank website for more information about our Program.

P. S. Our wonderful Program Manager, Rosa, is one of our long-time, daily volunteers.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Above and Beyond Accessibility Award

Just received an award from The City of Elk Grove!

Our Wellness Bag Program received Honorable Mention "for outstanding and dedicated service to improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities".

Our Wellness Bag program distributes nutritional boxes of food to people who are battling debilitating chronic illness. Our volunteers assemble and distribute these supplemental boxes of food for our medically fragile clients.

We are so thankful for the recognition from the City for our Program. Our happy group of volunteers are a bit more joyful today.

A Well-deserved Day Off

Everyone enjoys a day off from their usual activities. This past week a wonderful group of volunteers from Pepsi Beverages Company came in and "took over" daily operations, giving our regular, long-time volunteers a day off.

Greg Moura, Territory Sales Manager; Kenya Mollett,
Pat Sett, Territory Sales Manager;
and Charlene Jones

John Souza and Rozelyn Smith

Thank you to the wonderful volunteers from Pepsi Beverages Company for helping us serve our clients, sort donated food, and assemble food boxes for distribution. Our long-time volunteers took advantage of their time off and enjoyed sharing about their adventures on this unexpected holiday.

If you would like to organize a "take over" like Pepsi did, follow this link to our website.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

We all got together to recognize our valuable volunteers at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Our night started with entertainment from the Golden Steppers, a tap dancing group. They amazed us with their footwork.

Golden Steppers

The gracious Father Llamas of St. Joseph Church provided the blessing to the delicious dinner served by ABC Catering.

Ava Gardener, client from our Wellness Bag Program gave us her testimony and told us how much she appreciates the volunteer-run Program.

Pastor Jason Whalen from First Baptist Church of Elk Grove encouraged us to continue serving our neighbors.

Our Elk Grove City Council received awards from Congressman Dan Lungren, recognizing their work serving our community. Marilyn Erbes, representing the Congressman, presented the awards.

We recognized the following volunteers and organizations for their dedication to EGFBS:

Volunteers of the Year - Ken and Mary West
Monsignor Albert O'Connor Award - Impact Community Church
Unsung Hero Award - Mike Retzlaff
Special Recognition - Papa John's Pizza and Wal-Mart

But why the standing ovation??

Our Executive Director, Marie Jachino, received special recognition from Congressman Dan Lungren. Marie received a congressional award for her work leading Elk Grove Food Bank Services.

We enjoyed our night out to tell our precious volunteers that their time and effort is appreciated. Thank you, thank you! We would not be able to help those in need without you.

Volunteers Mary Ohnemus and Walter Hernandez