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.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Thank You Boy Scout Troop #59

Come down and see the new Clothes Closet sorting table at The Elk Grove Food Bank!! 


Team means: Together Everyone Achieves More!  With a huge thankful heart we appreciate this gift of wood made and presented to the Food Bank! 



THANK YOU to Mark Hamil and the entire Troop 59 for their tremendous ability to direct individual accomplishment toward this wonderful organizational goal, and their hard work together toward this beautiful common vision. 



We sing a song of gratitude to the young men of Troop 59!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Such a Generous Donation!!

Friends of the Elk Grove Food Bank 
continue to fill the needs of our community


An amazing and generous donation arrived at the Elk Grove Food Bank on Monday. Elk Grove residents Bobby and Jean Sadler arrived with their truck filled to the top with 482 pounds of canned tuna, mandarin oranges, beans, Ramen, and cereal.  Bobby and Jean shopped local stores, receiving discounts for purchasing in large quantities. It took several volunteers to unload the food that will help restock the shelves of the Food Bank. 

Jean Sadler is a past Elk Grove Food Bank Board Member. She has also worked tirelessly on the KCRA Kids Can Food Drive. She and her husband continue the mission of the EGFB “Fill the Need — Feed the Hope”. This donation could not have come at a better time when a higher demand for needy children when school is out.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Free Nursing Outreach Services at EGFBS Starting in July

EGFBS is the place to be on Fridays!

Starting July 18, 2014, Health Care for the Homeless outreach nurses will be at Elk Grove Food Bank Services.  The nurses will engage, assess, triage, treat, educate and provide preventative adult and childhood immunizations.  The nurses will also make efforts to connect clients to ongoing medical care and assist uninsured individuals with health care applications for Medi-Cal enrollment.  This service will be available, starting on July 18, 2014, every Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will be available to “all” clients of the Food Bank.

Since 1988, Sacramento County has led a vital collaborative dedicated to better health for homeless individuals.  As a county government in California, Sacramento County is the organization legally mandated to provide health services to medically indigent adults meeting specific criteria.  Sacramento County is uniquely positioned to provide comprehensive healthcare for this culturally diverse, low income population.  The County maintains an infrastructure for health services that includes primary care, behavioral health, pharmacy services, contracted specialty and hospital care, emergency dental, public health care and chronic disease management.  In 2013, the County served 8,270 homeless clients with 20,000 visits; 594 clients originated from the ZIP codes served by Elk Grove Food Bank Services

Established in 1974, the Elk Grove Food Bank Services is a critical component to the welfare of the Elk Grove community, providing food, clothing and resources to our neighbors in need.  The Food Bank receives funding from churches, individual donors, foundations, businesses, grants, local, and federal governments. The Food Bank serves roughly 3,500 individuals a month and 42,000 encounters annually.

What:              Free Outreach Nursing Services

When:              Starting July 18, 2014, every Friday
                        10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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


Contact:          916-685-8453

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Celebrating 40 Years with 10th Annual Run 4 Independence

Are you Ready to Run?

Elk Grove Food Bank Services is marking its 40th year of continuous service with the 10th annual Run 4 Independence.  Start off Independence Week by joining runners and walkers to celebrate with the Food Bank on Saturday, June 28, 2014, beginning at 8:00 a.m.  

The event includes 5k and 10k courses that start in beautiful Elk Grove Regional Park and winds through the surrounding neighborhoods.  For kids 12 and under, there are half-mile and quarter-mile fun runs.

The Run features disposable chip timing for the 5k/10k; Age group awards; Team awards; Short-sleeve Run T-shirts; flat course; post-run food, entertainment and the Pride of Laguna Lions will serve their famous pancakes.


Proceeds from the Run 4 Independence will benefit Elk Grove Food Bank Services (EGFBS), a non-profit dedicated to alleviating hunger, develop programs to address food insecurity in our community; build client self-sufficiency; and provide an opportunity for volunteerism.  A portion of the proceeds will also support P.A.T.H (People Assisting the Homeless), a non-profit organization that assists and mentors the homeless in Elk Grove.  The EGFBS serves over 3,500 clients each month and has approximately 42,000 client encounters annually.  For more information visit: www.elkgrovefoodbank.org or to register:  www.run4independence.com.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Filling a Community Need - One Zip Code At a Time

EGFBS is Expanding Service Again!




Elk Grove Food Bank Services (EGFBS) is stepping up to the "plate" again and is expanding into the 95828 zip code area.  Here's where you come in: We NEED YOUR HELP to aid the low-income and/or hungry residents of 95828.  IF you are aware of any people that need assistance, the following are locations and times where EGFBS can serve them: 

Elk Grove Food Bank Services
9820 Dino Drive, Suite 140
Elk Grove, CA  95624
Phone:  916-685-8453
Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Impact Community Church (new mobile site starting June 26th)
8299 E. Stockton Boulevard
Sacramento, CA  95828
Phone:  916-685-8453 (EGFBS)
Fourth Thursday of each month, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


DETAILS:
Residents may receive food once each calendar month.  An identification card is required for each family member.  As proof of residency, a current SMUD or PG&E bill is required for verification.  For additional information or clarification, see http://www.elkgrovefoodbank.org/programs/food-closet/eligibility or contact us at 916-685-8453 during business hours.  

Friday, June 6, 2014

EGFBS Benefits from Raley's Food for Families Summer Donation Drive


Elk Grove, CA – With 1 in 6 Americans facing hunger, food insecurity is one of the most challenging issues facing our nation today. Not to mention that families in need are also substantially less likely to get enough of the healthy fruits and vegetables required for a balanced diet- but you can help! This month, Raley’s is launching a Summer Donation Drive. Raley’s will provide a matching donation of fresh produce for every dollar donated, up to $25,000, now through July 31st. 

 “We know that families facing hunger are also far less likely to eat a nutritionally complete diet. It’s been a dream of Food For Families to offer our food bank partners both fresh produce and dry goods,” said Jennie Teel-Wolter, Raley’s Community Relations Manager. “With the addition of fresh produce to the line-up of offerings, we are confident we are taking positive steps to better fight hunger and its associated health impacts.”

Food For Families began as a holiday food drive, founded by Raley’s Co Chairman and Owner Joyce Raley Teel and CEO Emeritus Charles Collings in 1986. Through the Food for Families partnership with local food banks, the program raises monetary and food donations to serve those in need with Raley’s absorbing all administrative costs of the program. That means 100 percent of every donation goes directly to feeding the hungry. With the help and support of employees, customers and business partners, Food For Families has raised more than $31 million and donated more than 21 million pounds of dry groceries to food banks.

While obtaining food is a challenge for tens of millions of Americans, accessing nutritious food has proven to be even more difficult. Low-income levels have historically been linked to higher rates of obesity.  A recent study revealed obesity rates increased by 10 percent for all U.S. children 10 to 17 years old between 2003 and 2007, but by 23 percent during the same time period for low-income children. With the recently launched pilot program, Food For Families hopes to address hunger and obesity simultaneously by making fresh produce available for those who may not always have access to it.

“During the school year, many families rely upon free or reduced cost school lunch programs to provide their children with well-rounded meals,” said Teel-Wolter. “Over the summer break, these children can become vulnerable to food insecurity. Our Food For Families Fresh donation drive will help bolster the supply of healthy food at our local food banks to meet the increased need.”

Established in 1974, the Elk Grove Food Bank Services is a critical component to the welfare of the Elk Grove community, providing food, clothing and resources to our neighbors in need.  The Food Bank receives funding from individual donors, foundations, businesses, churches and local/federal governments. The summer break has severely affected the number of clients aided by EG Food Bank:  in the month of May 2014, 3,512 individuals used the services of the Food Bank – 444 more individuals than the previous months; a 14.5 percent increase. 

Making a donation is easy, and can be done from the comfort of your own home, from your cell phone or during your next trip to your local Raley’s Family of Fine Foods Stores (Raley’s, Bel-Air or NobHill). See below for details:

·     *    Visit a Raley’s store to make a donation at checkout
·     *    Text ENDHUNGER to 85944 to make your donation
·      *   Make a pledge on the Food For Families Facebook page- facebook.com/raleysfoodforfamilies

·     *    Go online to www.FoodForFamilies.com to donate

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

22nd Annual Letter Carrier's Food Drive



Elk Grove, CA – On Saturday May 10, 2014, the Elk Grove Food Bank Services (EGFBS) will have a special delivery of support from local letter carriers. This is the one day of the year that everyone has the opportunity – with the help of letter carriers - to easily donate food to help families in need here in their community. The United States Postal Service Food Drive is the country’s largest one day-collection.

“The Food Drive gives everyone the chance to be part of something bigger than anything we could do alone, said Elk Grove Postmaster Susan Skidmore. “It’s our Postal Service customers who really make a difference.  Customers can leave canned food at their mail box and the letter carrier will pick it up. Every can and package of food collected makes a difference in someone’s life. So together, I know we’ll make a difference with this year’s food drive and do our best to make sure no one goes hungry.”

“The letters carriers do an amazing job to make this food drive successful,” says Marie Jachino, EGFBS Executive Director.  “This time of the year is when we generally see less food donations coming in, so this drive comes at a crucial time.”


Remember the Postal Carrier food drive is Saturday, May 10, the day before another important day, Mothers Day!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Nutritious Eating on a Budget

Mark Your Calendar - 1st Class in two days!!


First class: Nutritious Eating on a Budget to begin in two days! The Support Works program of the Elk Grove Food Bank is pleased to announce our “Nutritious Eating on a Budget” series of classes taught by our very own July Sala, Food Bank Case Manager.  We all know that ensuring nutritious meals for yourself and family can be challenging given our busy lives but it is even more challenging when one is on a limited income or budget. The purpose of the “Nutritious Eating on a Budget” is to provide concepts, tips and recipes while conducting interactive and hands-on demonstrations
Overview: Nutritious Eating on a Budget by Judy Sala
Each class has several hand-outs covering the topics of discussion, plus several healthy recipes and shopping tips. On the fourth week, we demonstrate cooking two of the recipes and get to sample the foods (a low cost, high protein main dish and a low-sugar, fruit-based dessert).
  • Price: FREE
  • Terms: First-come first serve, just show up!
  • For More Information: Please contact Judy Sala, Elk Grove Food Bank Case Manager (916) 685-8453
Schedule of Classes
Classes are taught four Wednesdays in April from 10 AM – 11:30 AM at United Methodist Church (Lower Level Bartholomew Hall), 8986 Elk Grove Blvd (on the corner of Elk Grove Blvd. and Gage).
  • Week One – April 9th “What’s Healthy?” – Overview of Food Basics; Healthy Food That Tastes Great (complete)
  • Week Two – April 16th “Healthy Food” – Revising Recipes; Choosing Healthy Snacks; Special Dietary Needs (complete)
  • Week Three – April 23rd “Healthy Shopping” – Smart Shopping (menu planning, using coupons etc.) for Cooking on a Budget
  • Week Four – April 30th “Healthy Cooking” – What Needs to be Added to the Basics (spices, herbs, cooking tips); Cooking Demonstration; Sample a Healthy Meal; Certificates of Completion.
About the Instructor – Judy Sala
Judy Sala is the Case Manager for the Elk Grove Food Bank, a nutritionist and local senior living facility chef. Her class curriculum is based on an adapted version of the USDA “Choose My Plate” Program.
About the Support Works Program of the Elk Grove Food Bank
Support Works is a program of the Elk Grove Food Bank. We offer programs designed to help individuals improve their current situation by providing job readiness and life skill classes to move toward self-sufficiency and financial independence.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

PetSmart Pet Food Drive

Mark Your Calendars!


PetSmart Hosts Pet Food Drive for Elk Food Bank Services                  

On Saturday, April 26, 2014, PetSmart stores in the greater Sacramento area will be hosting a pet food drive in partnership with Good Day Sacramento for participating Food Banks. This has been made possible thanks to the following sponsors: Blue Buffalo, Bill-Jac, Procter & Gamble and Nutro.

Elk Grove Food Bank Services (EGFBS) will receive donations from the Elk Grove PetSmart location in addition to the south Sacramento and Rancho Cordova stores. PetSmart will be a drop off location for donations and will have a wide selection of pet foods to choose from that can be purchased and donated to benefit EGFBS. 

Like anyone who has been “adopted” by their furry kids, the clients of Elk Grove Food Bank love their pets. “For some of our clients, their pet is their only source of companionship", said Marie Jachino, Executive Director.  “Helping families and especially our seniors and homeless stay together with their pets is crucial.

Please stop by one of three PetSmart locations benefiting EGFBS and donate to this worthy cause.  Your donations will make a difference for pets and pet parents in your community.

Friday, April 11, 2014

3rd Annual Resource Fair


Elk Grove Food Bank Services is holding their 3rd annual Resource Fair on Tuesday, May 6, from 10 am to 2 pm. Representatives from Sacramento Self Help Housing, Veterans Family Services Volunteers of America, The Center for Employment Training, and Legal Services of Northern California will be available to answer questions. 

Additional Information offering helpful resources in the area will be available, including information about the many Food Bank services and the Clothes Closet, free blood pressure checks, demonstrations of nutritious cooking on a budget, financial services information, and much more. 

The Resource Fair will be held in the Food Bank parking lot, located at 9820 Dino Drive (nearest cross street is Waterman). For additional information, please contact the Elk Grove Food Bank at 916-685-8453.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Elk Grove Community Garden Vegetable Plant Sale

Buy Locally Grown Vegetable Plants

Elk Grove Community Garden Vegetable Plant Sale


Hampton Oaks - The Elk Grove Community Garden will be hosting their annual Vegetable Plant Sale on April 19th, 2014, from 9 am - Noon.  Join them at the Elk Grove Community Garden and Learning Center, 10025 Hampton Oak Drive, Elk Grove. 

There will be many varieties of tomato plants for sale, along with peppers, squash and herbs. Most vegetables are $1.

As a bonus, a Master Gardener will be present to answer any questions.

Thank you for supporting the community garden. By supporting them, you help support the Elk Grove Food Bank. (The EG Community Garden has approximately 26 plots dedicated to the EG Food Bank.  Thank you very much!!)

Map of Elk Grove Community Garden
Map of Elk Grove Community Garden



Saturday, March 29, 2014

Arlene Hein Elementary Schools' Garden of Abundance

Welcome To Our Garden


Background - On May 9, 2013, Arlene Hein students, staff and parents, Hein alumnus, Home Dept representatives and Boy Scout Jason Li commemorated the expansion of the garden.

Jason Li raised funds for the 12 redwood planter boxes and built the garden with help from his Boy Scout Troop. This was Jason Li's Eagle Scout project in 2012. In 2013 Home Depot partnered with Hein and donated small citrus trees, organic fertilizer, marigold flowers (to keep the bugs away from the tomato plants), the redwood pergola, fruit and vegetable seedlings and gardening tools. What a great partner!

In August 2013, the school had donated 25 lbs of veggies to the Elk Grove Food Bank! The garden has been a wonderful hands-on learning experience for the students and staff as well. Mrs. Fennell's 6th Grade class even wrote about their observations. And, in February 2014, Goldy Shergill dropped off more veggies! Ms. Shergill had this to say, "We have donated over 80 lbs. of fresh vegetables and herbs since we started the garden in the Spring of 2013. It could not have been possible without Kristin Thompson Mullard, Judy Mead-Silaj, Christine Baeta and Student Leaders at Hein Elementary!" 

Kindergarten teachers Kristin Mullard and Judy Meade are ardent supporters of the garden. Here are more pictures from the garden, courtesy of Ms. Mullard.
View of the garden's raised beds
Tomatoes

Gorgeous sunflower
Time to plant the lettuce
Seedlings
Check out those seedlings they grew!
This month we (my grandson Jayce and I) were given a tour of the garden at the end of the winter growing season.  The plants were well attended, and the school is looking forward to the next upgrade - drip irrigation. This will really help with water conservation and watering over the summer.

Here are some pics from that day:
A baby artichoke
An artichoke - it's not as big as it looks.
A Beet
Beets


Cauliflower
Cauliflower

Herb?
An Herb?
My grandson and I really enjoyed and appreciated the time that Mrs. Mullard and Mrs. Meade spent showing us around the garden.  We even got to take home a radish and a cauliflower. Yummy!


Does your elementary school have a garden? Do you share your veggies with the Elk Grove Food Bank? Comment and add your pictures here!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Helping the Homeless of Elk Grove

You're Never Too Young...


Sophia Levasseur, a Joseph Sims Elementary School 4th grader, is learning at an early age, how rewarding volunteering can be.  After a busy week of school, violin and tap dance lessons and rehearsals for her upcoming performance in CATS by the River City Theatre Company, she makes time to help others. 
                              (Pictured with Sophia is her grandmother, Marie Levasseur,                                who has been a volunteer at the Food Bank since 2006.)
Recently, she prepared 34 hygiene bags for homeless clients of the Elk Grove Food Bank. Sophia carefully filled each bag with donated hygiene supplies.  She would like to continue filling bags at home. A variety of toiletry supplies, for example: toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant and specific men's and women's items are needed to continue this project. 
The Elk Grove Food Bank and the homeless greatly appreciate Sophia’s efforts!  If you can donate toiletry items please drop them off at the Elk Grove Food Bank. 
The Food Bank is located at 9820 Dino Dr. #140, Elk Grove.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

5,323 Thanks to the Elk Grove Community Garden!



The Elk Grove Community Garden donated a grand total of 5,323 pounds of fresh produce and herbs during its garden year March, 2013 - February 2014. 

The Community Garden is entering its 10th growing season and continues to be very successful and one of the best community gardens in the Sacramento area. What a great way to get healthy food on the table to those in need!  EGFBS is extremely grateful for the generous support and partnership over the years.

In the Community Garden there are approximately 26 EGFBS plots. Would it amaze you to learn that members volunteered over 1,528 hours working in  the garden? Whew!  


This Herb Garden was originally an EGFBS Support Works project through a Career Class. It was designed to be a Tea Garden. The class designed the layout, submitted it for Board approval, and then got to work. It has pathways, a drip irrigation system and plants. It has been transformed into an Herb Garden.

Elk Grove is a great community!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Elk Grove Food Bank Services Will Open on Saturdays


Beginning in April, the Elk Grove Food Bank Services (EGFBS) will be open on Saturdays thanks to a partnership with Elk Grove PATH-EG WINS.  Over thirty volunteers from the EG WINS Winter Sanctuary program have pulled together to lend a hand and make a commitment to help make this possible. In an effort to best meet the needs of families and individuals experiencing hardship, especially those who work during the day, EGFBS will now offer food and clothing on Saturdays starting April 5.

“Elk Grove PATH is excited to assist the Food Bank on Saturdays,” said Ed Kelly, one of the community leaders spearheading the new service day. “We think this will really help many working people who can’t come on a weekday.”

“Elk Grove Food Bank Services serves an incredible need, and I am thrilled to able to expand our service hours on Saturdays," said Marie Jachino, Executive Director. “We are extremely proud to partner with Elk Grove PATH/EG WINS supporting such a critical mission.  We don’t see an end in sight to the ever - growing levels of hunger.”

Since 1974 – “40 years,” the Elk Grove Food Bank Services has battled hunger and food insecurity in the Elk Grove and surrounding communities. The Food Bank provides food and others services to over 3,000 people each month.


When:  Saturdays starting April 5, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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

More Information is available at www.elkgrovefoodbank.org.

Monday, March 10, 2014

March is National Nutrition Month - Focus on Fruit

10 Tips Focus on Fruit



It's true that nowadays people are concerned about their sugar intake. However, the abundance of sugar that people are putting in their bodies...they're drinking it. You know, sugary sodas in large quantities multiple times a day. Or, it's in a candy bar, or cereal, or ice cream. It is NOT from eating a piece of fruit. Or a handful.

Check out Sophie Egan's New York Times article, "Making the Case for Eating Fruit." Fruit can help us from overeating. Because fruit rich in fiber breaks down slower than processed food (think potato chips), it triggers "...the satiety hormones that tend to cluster further down the small intestines." And, who doesn't like to feel sated?

Click Here for 10 Tips that focus on fruit and eating more of it! Tell us which tips you have integrated into your life.

On another note, have your registered for the Run 4 Independence benefiting the EG Food Bank? See you there on June 28th!























Thursday, March 6, 2014

March is National Nutrition Month - 30 Tips

Eating Healthy on the Run – 30 Tips


You always eat breakfast because… let’s all say it together “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!”

So, that leaves lunch and dinner.  Sure, it’s better to pack your lunch, and eat dinner at home.  But, these tips are for those other times...those rare times. Check out these Tips for healthy eating while you’re out and about. These tips will work in restaurants, sandwich shops, fast food as well as ethnic restaurants.

For me, Tip #7 will be the hardest; I'm a carboholic. And, there are so many different kinds of bread: rolls, muffins, french bread....okay, I'll stop.  Which Tip resonates with you?


 Next time, we'll talk about eating healthy on a budget!

Monday, March 3, 2014

March - It's National Nutrition Month



I'm Blogging National Nutrition Month

Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right



When you're shopping for groceries, do you shop with a list, and stick to it? Do you shop with your stomach and eyes? And, I'm talking about usually here. Sure, there are those occasional (right?) times that you are in a hurry and pick up something quick to eat. But, I'm talking about when you've had time to plan out your meals. You want to get the most taste and nutrition for the money.

Would you agree that the foods you eat most often are the ones you like? Therefore, you want to make good, informed choices so you can develop healthy eating habits. Everyone's so busy these days: working, playing, raising kids, going back to school, volunteering, etc.  

So, before you go shopping, here is a link to help you at the grocery store. Check out "Shop Smart - Get theFacts on Food Labels."

But remember, portion size is as important as good nutrition.  Next time we'll talk about healthy eating on the go!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Meet Jonathan Sparks, Elk Grove Food Bank Volunteer of the Month


Jonathan Sparks, one of the hardest workers in our warehouse, has been a volunteer at the Elk Grove Food Bank for six years. He is a Courtesy Clerk and his always cheerful attitude is contagious!  In fact, Jonathan says making people smile is his favorite part of the job.
Jonathan also volunteers for Special Olympics and has competed in swimming, track and field, and he recently won a gold medal for golf. His hobby is singing; and if you’ve ever had the privilege of hearing him sing, you’ll know just how good he is.
Congratulations Jonathan, we are all very pleased to count you as one of our valuable volunteers.

Friday, February 14, 2014

2,117 Reasons We Love PetSmart!

Thank You, PetSmart!

Thank you PetSmart for your hard work, consideration and continuous support of the Elk Grove Food Bank and our surrounding community of family members with fur and four legs!  Check out the photo below - the total weight of donated pet food is 2,117 lbs; a SUPERB effort! Amazing!


This Food Drive will help all of our clients reach the important decision of feeding their extra family member. 

Your efforts are immeasurable, and we truly look forward to working with PetSmart in the new future.  We appreciate and value this partnership!

Monday, February 3, 2014

PetSmart's Pet Food Drive

PetSmart's Pet Food Drive


PetSmart Hosts Pet Food Drive for Elk Food Bank Services                  

On Saturday, February 8, 2014, PetSmart stores in the greater Sacramento area will be hosting a pet food drive in partnership with Good Day Sacramento for participating Food Banks. This has been made possible thanks to the following sponsors: Blue Buffalo, Bill-Jac, Procter & Gamble and Nutro.

Elk Grove Food Bank Services (EGFBS) will receive donations from the Elk Grove PetSmart location in addition to the south Sacramento and Rancho Cordova stores. PetSmart will be a drop off location for donations and will have a wide selection of pet foods to choose from that can be purchased and donated to benefit EGFBS. 

Like anyone who has been “adopted” by their furry kids, the clients of Elk Grove Food Bank love their pets. “For some of our clients, their pet is their only source of companionship", said Marie Jachino, Executive Director.  “Helping families and especially our seniors and homeless stay together with their pets is crucial.

Please stop by one of three PetSmart locations benefitting EGFBS and donate to this worthy cause.  Your donations will make a difference for pets and pet parents in your community.