From their annual Run to Feed the Hungry to the help they offer refugee families, I am always in awe by the great work they do. They bring awareness to obstacles those in our community face and strive to help as much as possible.
I had the pleasure of working with them when I worked at Migrant Education. The staff is so kind and the services they offer have helped so many people.
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services accomplishes critical work for countless people from all walks of life. SFBFS has amazing partners and is absolutely a step up above the rest. There are many needs being met, so thank you to SFBFS Volunteers and Employees for filling the voids.
When I'm looking to donate to a cause I want it to be to one that empowers people. Sacramento Food Bank & Family Service clients may come in for food, but they are offered so much more. Nutrition classes, parenting classes, career coaching, adult classes, immigration services and on and on. They welcome those in need into their programs, meeting their immediate needs and providing incentives such as clothing and diapers to assist them with improving their life and relationships, along with helping them to meet their career goals. I know my donations make a positive difference and are not wasted.
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services is an amazing nonprofit! I love that they focus on giving people a hand up, not just a hand out. I also appreciate that they have low overhead - I like that my donations are used responsibly.
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services is such a great organization. They are so helpful not only in the community of Oak Park but the entire county. They help people get back on their feet not just give them handouts.
What an amazing organization with employees and volunteers who truly care about the people they are serving in their community! I have always felt such a warmth from every person I have met there and always see smiles on the faces of those that benefit from their amazing programs. Thank you, SFBFS, for all you do for our community!
What an incredible organization! As a donor, I know my money is helping those less fortunate in my community. I love that their mission is to not only provide food, but to provide access to education, which ultimately beats the cycle of hunger among families. Keep up the great work!
I am a single mom from Jalisco, Mexico who recently came to Sacramento. This organization has offered me a lot of services. I have taken English and computer classes. I have also received assistance with my resume and job search. There have also been a few times that I received free food. I think they are wonderful!
I was a youth when I volunteered at the central and north area locations. And I never thought I'd be helped by my peers later on in life ,I'm in great position education and employment wise and wish to thank them with this post.
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services continually impresses me with how wisely they use donations to make such a positive impact in our community. I appreciate that the organization doesn't give a hand out, but instead weaves education throughout all of the services they provide. So proud to be a donor and Run to Feed the Hungry participant!
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services is a fantastic organization. I am so impressed by all that they do to help our community.
I was so impressed with the organization and professionalism at the food distribution. Not to mention all the fresh produce I received!
I have been a donor to Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services for a number of years. It all started when I came to realize that a lot of Seniors were going without meals in order to pay for living expenses or prescription drugs. I like knowing that in some small way I am helping to make a difference in some of their lives.
“SFBFS is a fantastic organization. I learned so much of what they are doing for the Sacramento community when I went on a tour of the Oak Park campus. Keep up the awesome work.
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services is a wonderful organization! Their parenting classes are very informative and helped me learn new skills like correct car seat installation, couponing and how to pack a nutritious snack. The baby clothes and diapers I earned by attending the classes were really helpful too.”
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services is an incredible organization that serves community members in need. As a donor I know that my contributions are being used wisely and are providing help to families when they need it most. I really appreciate that my donations stay local and are used to help people in my own backyard.
As an ongoing volunteer for Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, I continue to be impressed with the programs this nonprofit offers to clients. While I am most involved in the adult education program, I am in awe of the parenting programs, the language programs, the clothing program, and the gardening program. Clients are not given a handout. They are given a hand up. Not only can clients receive healthy food options, but they can learn how to grow and prepare fruits and vegetables.
Clients in need of employment can seek assistance with resume preparation, and attend job fairs at Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services.
Probably, one of the most impressive things I have witnessed is former clients who have been successful, who have returned to SFBFS to volunteer. That says volumes for this nonprofit!
In June, 2011, after retiring from a career teaching elementary school, I wanted to find a meaningful way to define a new purpose for myself. I attended an orientation for volunteers at Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services. After learning about the multitude of services offered to the community, I realized they are so much more than just a food bank.
While Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services does distribute food and clothing to families in need, they also provide other services that assist families in learning new skills through adult education, including resume writing and computer skills. These newly acquired skills help clients of SFBFS get a job and become self sufficient. In addition, child/play care, and after school tutoring programs provide a safe and supervised place for students to stay and complete schoolwork when their parents are still working, or are involved in attending SFBFS programs
The mission statement of Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services is: “Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services is dedicated to assisting those in need by alleviating their immediate pain and problems and moving them toward self sufficiency and financial independence.”
That statement, along with the stated core values of SFB&FS: “COMMUNITY * INTEGRITY * COMPASSION,” convinced me to step up and volunteer.
I was initially placed as an assistant in the adult technology education program. At the end of the class, I was asked to step in to the instructor role, teaching an
adult technology class.
This work is important to me because I understand the need to have computer skills for nearly any job in the 21st century. Many of the adults served by SFB&FS do not own a computer and do not have the most basic of computer skills. In order to complete a resume or apply for a job they must acquire these skills. Since I do have computer skills, and I am a teacher, it is a perfect fit. I am reminded of the old saying that, “If you give a man a fish, he can eat for a day. But if you teach that man to fish, he can eat for a lifetime.“
SFB&FS has a small number of paid employees who are responsible for creating programs, managing programs and volunteers, and deciding how donations are used. However, the face of the organization is the 4,000+ volunteers who make it all happen. The programs, classes and programs are only as good as those
who step up and say, "I can help!" I am proud to be a part of Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services.