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October 14, 2009

Oak Ridge Elementary Mobile Distribution

At Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, volunteers and staff are thirlled to serve a new Oak Park location through the Mobile Food Project of our Food Assistance Program. In addition to supplying members of the community with a 5 day supply of nutritious groceries, our mission at mobile distributions is also to educate clients about health and nutrition as well as other community resources offered by SFBFS or other area agencies. Distribution at this site, which began in September, was a great success because children came with their parents directly after school. Parents accompanied their child as they made “ants on a log”, a healthy after-school snack made with celery sticks, peanut butter and raisins. Then, children had a chance to color fun, educational coloring sheets such as My Pyramid, and California Carrot coloring. Children who completed their coloring sheet received a magnet as a prize so that they could hang their work on the refrigerator (the magnets were from 211, another reminder to clients of the many resources available to them in the community). It was wonderful to have staff from other SFBFS programs available to help! Lorena, Mother-Baby Program Manager painted faces for many eager children while Martin, Clothing Program Manager assisted in distribution. Clients took home so much more than just food. What a success!

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