The congregation at Sun Grove Church used their March Madness food and clothing drive to benefit EG Food Bank. Each quarter, the parishioners at Sun Grove work to support a “need” within our community. After considering the operation and mission of local organizations, EG Food Bank was chosen as the inaugural “need”. Community Groups, all Sunday School grade levels and individuals at Sun Grove helped to collect over 2,500 pounds of food and bags and bags of men's clothing for EGFBS.
The Elk Grove Community Garden donated a total of 4,822 pounds of fresh organic vegetables and herbs during its latest growing season. The Garden also added eight new Food Bank plots last year for a total of 28 plots that are now growing produce for EG Food Bank. The lumber for the eight new plots was donated by Paramount Petroleum, (located on Waterman Road) and the plots were assembled and filled with soil by Boy Scouts earning their Eagle Scout badges.
This year, volunteers from the Food Bank have taken on the responsibility of growing fruit and vegetables in the Garden. In addition, high school student volunteers have been assigned Food Bank plots in which to work their high school community service hours.
EGFBS is thankful for the on-going donation of fresh produce and volunteerism from the Elk Grove Community Garden. The Food Bank has benefitted from the Garden’s bountiful harvest for over nine years, and has distributed tons of this fresh produce to our neighbors in need.
Some people say that our clients need to work; some people say our clients are lazy and some say that our clients’ families need to take care of their own. . .
“Mary” and her Mother came to our Emergency Food Distribution for the first time a few months ago. Through tears, they told me their story. Mary takes her Mom grocery shopping the last week of the month to help her parents make it through to receiving their next retirement check. Mary and her Mom would search out the best grocery deal of the week and go out on their shopping excursion on Mary’s day off. Mary was happy to help out her Mom and Dad this last week of the month, to make sure her parents had food in the house.
Then Mary’s refrigerator broke down. All the food within the fridge was ruined and had to be thrown out. For the foreseeable future, Mary could not afford to help her parents “make ends meet” between retirement checks, restock groceries for her children and purchase a new refrigerator. Our volunteers signed up both families (Mary’s and her parents) for Emergency Food Distribution. We also gave Mary’s parents information about our Senior Brown Bag program that helps low-income seniors.
Our clients are working people, neighbors in our area. Our clients are responsible people, trying to make ends meet while taking care of their own. Our clients are, like many in our community, just one household catastrophe away from being hungry.
Mary and her Mom said that they did not expect to be on-going clients of EG Food Bank. They just needed help getting through a “rough patch”. Like most of our clients, we expect to serve Mary and her parents for about five months. That is the reason EGFBS is in operation, to help local people work through their tough times.