Starting at midnight on May 3rd, the Sacramento region will come together for one BIG Day of Giving - a 24 hour giving challenge that lifts up lives and makes this the place we call home. In its third year, the BIG Day of Giving has raised nearly $9 million for nonprofits serving our region. Over 500 local non-profits participate.
It will be an exciting day for the Elk Grove Food Bank Services who will be participating in the BIG Day of Giving for the first time. Our goal is to raise $10,000 all to benefit our Building Fund. We will continue to update the BIGDoG 2016 information as we get closer to May 3rd. For more information about the Elk Grove Food Bank Services, and here is where you can donate on May 3rd.
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