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Help us reach our 2019 goal!

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750,000 lbs 

The 2019 State Employees Food Drive

Please contact Peggy Marshall at to designate your agency’s coordinator or to answer any questions about this year’s drive.

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A Message from Karen Ross

Secretary, Department of Food and Agriculture

September 9, 2019

Dear Agency/Department Heads:

I am pleased to announce the launch of the 2019 State Employees Food Drive. The State Employees Food Drive has been a driving force in the Sacramento community for over 25 years and is the largest food drive supporting the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services. Each year this food drive helps to provide the money and resources needed to serve over 150,000 food insecure individuals every month! Many of our neighbor’s struggle with food insecurity and food banks provide vital support for them and their families. The 2019 Food Drive goal is to surpass last year’s generous donation of 717,815 pounds and reach 750,000 pounds.

To achieve this, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is pleased to continue its partnership with Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) and California Association of Food Banks (CAFB) in this year’s drive. Though numerous state employees reside in or near Sacramento, many are located throughout our great state. The CAFB will be reaching out to their 41-member food banks to enable all state employees to give back to people in their communities. Elysia Fong in CDFA’s Office of Farm to Fork, will act on my behalf as statewide coordinator for Food Drive activities. You may contact her at (916) 900-5189 or

Food Drive Coordinator: Please identify your agency/department coordinator and email their name, email address, department/agency address and phone number to Peggy Marshall at, by September 24, 2019. An orientation meeting for the coordinators will be held on October 3, 2019, 2:00 pm at CDFA’s Auditorium, 1220 N Street, Sacramento. At the meeting, coordinators will receive information and ideas for how to drum up support for this year’s drive. For more information, please visit

Thank you for your commitment to strengthening our communities and state. Through your kind contributions, we look forward to a successful State Employees Food Drive!

Yours truly,

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Karen Ross

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Important Dates

  • September 9 -24: Designate your agency coordinator and advise Peggy Marshall
  • October 3: SEFD Orientation 2:00pm – 4:00pm, CDFA Auditorium: 1220 N Street
  • October 14 – November 4: Barrel delivery
  • November 4: Food Drive begins
  • Thursday November 21: SFBFS Turkey Drive
  • November 28: Run to Feed the Hungry / Thanksgiving Day
  • December 14, 19 & 20: SEFD Volunteer days
  • January 10: Food Drive ends
  • January 13 – January 31: Final Barrel pick-ups
  • February 7: Final day to turn in Food drive Credit
  • February 14: Totals, awards & thanks video post