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April 6, 2011

Words from the President

By Blake Young

Warmer weather is finally here and many exciting things are happening at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. The building of our new education center is moving along quickly with walls beginning to form. We have assembled two focus groups that are planning and working on our adult and children’s education programs and our Food Bank Farm is well underway. Our organization is very lucky to have such dedicated community members to provide excellent guidance and help us with curriculum development and identifying key potential partnerships that will help ensure quality programming for our clientele.

Just the thought of children and adults working on our year-around farm, harvesting food for our mobile distributions is unbelievably exciting. Healthier foods being distributed at our mobile sites has been met with enthusiasm and our cooking demonstrations, live music and health screenings all make for a very dignified experience. In order for our Food Assistance program to be successful, the people who reach out to us for assistance need to take advantage of the health and nutrition education and begin to consider more healthy food decisions. Our organization has placed this focus paramount to the success of the program.

Obesity and diabetes are prevalent everywhere. However, it seems to be worse in areas that are referred to as food deserts, places where people live that do not have grocery stores nearby. Our distributions occur in these neighborhoods at churches and community centers. If you would like to check out one of these events, please check out April’s food distribution schedule. Please stop by and see the great changes being made by SFBFS in the community. Really want to get involved? Consider volunteering. Click here for information on how to become part of the change.