Elk Grove Food Bank Service operates one emergency feeding program, seven senior mobile distribution programs, and a home delivery program for the medically fragile housebound to help meet unmet needs among the most vulnerable populations. The Food Bank also serve a student pantry at Cosumnes River College. EGFBS strives to increase nutritional foods such as produce, dairy, grains and meat through the following programs:
Emergency Food Distribution: Assist those struggling to provide basic food needs.
TEFAP: The Emergency Food Assistance Program is a USDA program specified for low-income persons. The food box contains balanced nutrients and is dispersed once per month, per household.
Senior Mobile Distribution: The Food Bank provides food for seven Choice Distribution Sites, six in Elk Grove and one in South County. At these sites, seniors can choose from a variety of fresh produce, nonperishable food items, nutritional supplements, toiletries and adult diapers. Having enough health-sustaining food is important to everyone, but it is especially important for seniors who are particularly vulnerable to disease, or when mobility is limited and life circumstances change. Since 2010 we have seen a 280% increase among seniors who need assistance.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP): The federally funded program provides addeded nutrition to older adults 60 years of age or older. Food is purchased by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Services and distributed in allotments to Elk Grove Food Bank Services through Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services. EGFBS receives, stores and determines qualified participating households through an application process. The CSFP food boxes do not provide a complete diet, but rather a sources of the nutrients typically lacking in the diets of target population. CSFP is dispersed once per month, per household.
Wellness Bag: Our home-delivered grocery program to individuals who are medically fragile and housebound encourages better health and promotes independent living for seniors and neighbors with disabilities.
Migrant Mobile Distribution: Delivers to farm workers and their families lacking transportation and access to the Food Bank facility.
Hawk Spot/Student Pantry: In partnership with Cosumnes River College serving students who are economically disadvantaged (by CCCCO definition). Most students served could be classified as low-income or below the poverty level (83.1%; 2017 Federal standards).
SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps. SNAP provides low-income households with the financial resources to purchase groceries.
While food distribution is primary to our mission, we also have other programs that address the root cause of hunger.
Support Works: A comprehensive and coordinated program to assist individuals in their effort to work toward self-sufficiency.
Cathy’s Clothes Closet: Clothes are free of charge to families and individuals served through the Food Bank and in partnership with Elk Grove Unified School District.
Kay Foundation Veteran’s Assistance Program: Provides case management, food, clothing and other assistance.
Pet Pantry: Distribution of dog and cat food to families and individuals for their “furry” loved ones.
Elk Grove Food Bank has multiple Senior Mobile Programs to successfully serve our seniors. Below is a video of our Executive Director, Marie Jachino, sharing why this is so vitally important and necessary to the senior population of Elk Grove.