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.