Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis has launched this second annual drive for Elk Grove residents and local businesses to support EG Food Bank. Local businesses will begin collecting food and clothing donations on October 5 until November 6.
The following is a link to the effort's press release and flyer: Fall Harvest Food and Clothing Drive
In an effort to meet the growing demand for assistance from local seniors, EG Food Bank has expanded its services to two additional Mobile Pantry distribution sites. The Food Bank will transport groceries to the Vintage at Laguna and the Vintage at Laguna II senior apartments starting in October 2015.
The largest increase in the EG Food Bank client population is in the senior community, 280%. In 2010 the monthly average was 247 seniors served, the average of the first four months in 2015 was 939 seniors served. In the past 16 months alone, the number of seniors seeking assistance has more than doubled.
“Of all our clients, our seniors are the most vulnerable,” said Marie Jachino, EGFBS Executive Director. “These clients are on fixed incomes and their budgets cannot withstand any increase in expenses. The growing number of senior clients and their transportation issues led us to expand our Mobile Pantry program.”
What: EGFBS Mobile Pantry Program
Distribution Site 1: Vintage at Laguna Senior Apartments
9210 Big Horn Boulevard
Elk Grove CA 95758
Distribution Site 2: Vintage at Laguna II Senior Apartments
9204 Big Horn Boulevard
Elk Grove, CA 95758
When: Second Wednesday of the month, starting October 14, 2015, distribution starts at 10:00 a.m.
Each year at Elk Grove's Giant Pumpkin Festival EG Food Bank has a Pumpkin Patch. Pumpkins are sold to benefit the programs at the Food Bank. This year the wrestling and basketball teams from EG High School volunteered at the Patch.
Many supporters of EG Food Bank visit the Patch to get their pumpkin.
Arnie Zimmerman, Mark Jansson (EGFBS Board), Iris Zimmerman and Jonathan Sparks
Before the hectic holiday season begins, I would like to thank everyone in our community that supported our Run 4 Hunger in June. I want to give a special thank you to the Event Chair, Diane Hollingshead, who was instrumental in the success of this event. We raised over $69,000 for programs and services at the Food Bank.
On another note, I want to also express my deepest gratitude to everyone who attended and supported our Harvest of Hope Gala in September. The event was a huge success with almost 200 attendees, and raised over $25,000 with proceeds going to our building fund. I’d like to thank our Chairs Glenda Simas and Betty Hall, our Premier Sponsors Elk Grove Congregational Church and First Baptist Church of Elk Grove, our Diamond Sponsor Jackson Properties, Inc., our Live Auctioneer Vice Mayor Pat Hume, Master of Ceremony Jerry Braxmeyer, our Gala Committee Karla Haiberg, Kim Killin, Phyllis Davis, our event volunteers, our gracious hosts Dr. and Mrs. Andrew Wertz, and everyone who made this event a night to remember.
We deeply appreciate that you remain ever committed to our mission of “providing essential resources to overcome the many faces of hunger and human need.” Our work is only made possible through your kind support and sincere compassion.
Although you may never know the names or hear the voices of the families, seniors, children, and homeless persons you have helped; you are making a difference in thousands of lives every month.
Thank you again for your generous support of Elk Grove Food Bank Services and those we serve.
With sincere gratitude,
Beginning Saturday, October 3, 2015, Elk Grove Food Bank Services will no longer be open on Saturdays. We will remain open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.