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July 30, 2013

Gifts from the Heart

Sometimes it is the students who teach the instructor, especially about the really important things.  As a volunteer technology instructor in the Adult Education program at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, I recently had one such experience. 

Learning how to use a computer, with its funny mouse and keyboard, is not easy for many people.  A puzzled look would come across a student's face when we opened Microsoft Word or created a folder. Some students could barely type. But they kept working hard for all seven weeks.  

As one recent class finished the final exercise I wondered if  the technology class was too hard.  Then one student handed me a thank you card signed by every student along with a nice donation to help Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services keep up its good work. I was so touched. That day I learned the value of volunteering and helping change people's lives for the better. 

Submitted by Peter Fusselman, Volunteer Instructor in Adult Education

July 28, 2013

For the Love of Gardening

Taylor’s Tip

Growing your own food can be very similar to being in a relationship. The initial first days feel brand new and fun! You prep, you plan, you take the time to create a welcoming oasis for the newcomer in your life. Then trouble begins. That seemingly pristine plant doesn’t live up to expectations. In fact, it has started to wither and take on a sickly yellowish green tinge to its once lush leaves. You water, you prune, you go crazy trying to salvage what’s left. As much as you try, nothing seems to work! By the end of the growing season you’re left with a brown and crispy graveyard… Reviving this relationship seems impossible.

However, there is hope!

While summer may be over, and your attempt at a flourishing garden filled with tomatoes and peppers has passed, there is always next year! Much like people, you have to find what vegetables and varieties work best for you and your space. As daunting as this may sound, don’t fret! That is what we do best at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services' Demonstration Garden. We are matchmakers for people and their plants. If it’s not working for you, we will find out why. We will happily introduce you to new techniques and skills to keep you and your plant in a happy and healthy gardening partnership. So stop by for class and we’ll hook you up ;)  

Submitted by Taylor Kornman, AmeriCorps VISTA

July 17, 2013

Lots of Fun. Plenty of Sun

Saturday June 22 marked Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services’ (SFBFS) 6th annual Fun in the Sun fair at the Saca Community Learning Center (CLC). SFBFS’ Fun in the Sun event is a unique resource fair which offers games and activities for youngsters, information about valuable free community services, group yoga, a live band and a delicious barbecue to all its visitors. 

The day kicked-off bright and early at 8:30am with the help of Accenture who provided a fabulous volunteer staff of 14 who assisted with setting-up the event, supervising games and activities for the children and distributing free gifts to the visitors. In addition, 15 loyal SFBFS volunteers made it out for some Fun in the Sun as well helping prepare food, setting-up tents for vendors and serving snow cones.

Adult visitors to the event gathered resources from a variety of local agencies such as the North Sacramento Family Resource Center, La Familia, WEAVE, SMUD, Sacramento City College and Health Net while children enjoyed face painting, a bounce house, snow cones, and soaking brave volunteers in the dunk tank. Before leaving, each family was sure to grab a scrumptious hotdog for lunch courtesy of volunteer grill master, Marshall Graves. 

“It was great to help out at,” said Matthew Pruitt, AmeriCorps VISTA at SFBFS. “While I was taking a break, I experienced one of the most touching things- A young father was carrying his son as they left the event. His tot had an ear-to-ear to grin on his face while he enjoyed a blue snow cone. The two walked past me and after taking about five steps, the father turned around noticing my SFBFS name badge and said ‘I just want to say thank you for everything [SFBFS] does. [The Saca CLC] has helped us so much and it’s so great what you’re doing for the kids in this community.’ The young man set his materials down, shook my hand and he and his son continued down the street.”

The afternoon wrapped-up with a grand total of 550 visitors and 30 local agencies making an appearance. Accenture’s wonderful volunteer staff came to the rescue yet again, breaking-down the event in the blazing sunshine with a 95 degree temperature to boot.

A big thank-you goes to Accenture and everyone who made it out last Saturday. Fun in the Sun was a huge hit in the North Sacramento area for the sixth year in a row.