Help us reach our 2017 goal!

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800,000 lbs 

Food Drive Information

Through efforts of California State Employees, the Food Drive is recognized as one of the largest in the Sacramento Metropolitan area. State Employees have been giving back to their community for over 20 years and have been an integral part of alleviating hunger.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is once again the Statewide Coordinator for this year's State Employees' Food Drive. The official period of the drive is November 6, 2017, through January 12, 2018, to contribute financially or donate food.

We challenge each and every employee to participate. The donations will directly benefit more families, seniors, and children than ever before. Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS), along with its 200 partner agencies, serves 135,000 food insecure individuals a month. Without the help of the State Employees, SFBFS could not reach as many clients and get them on the road to self-sufficiency and financial independence.

To help SFBFS achieve its mission, and surpass last year's generous donation of 764,807 pounds, the 2017 Food Drive goal is 800,000 pounds (3,000 turkeys, $200,000 in financial donations and 250,000 pounds of food).

The best types of food donations are non-perishable, highly nutritious, low-sugar and low-sodium. Foods that are recommended for donation include the following:

  • Canned tuna
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned meats
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Peanut butter
  • Beans
  • Soup
  • Rice
  • Baby food, dry and/or canned, and baby formula are always in demand.

Open packages, open cans, open bottles, or home-canned foods are NOT acceptable. Reasonably expired food, if safe and desirable for consumption, are accepted. If you receive a donation, large in quantity, of produce, fresh food or dry goods, such as beans, rice or potatoes, please contact Peggy Marshall at SFBFS These food staples are very welcome, but their shelf life requires prior coordination and immediate pick-up.

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Important Dates

  • September 21: Fresh Produce Kickoff at Capitol Mall Farmer’s Market
  • October 19: Orientation and Tour of SFBFS, 2-4pm at Food Bank Services at 1951 Bell Avenue
  • October 23 – November 10: Barrel delivery
  • November 6: Food Drive begins
  • November 16: SFBFS Turkey Drive
  • November 23, Thanksgiving Day: Run to Feed the Hungry
  • December 15, 20 & 21: SEFD Volunteer days
  • January 12: Food Drive ends
  • January 15 – February 2: Final Barrel pick-ups
  • February 6: Final day to turn in Food drive Credit
  • February 15: Wrap-up Party and Awards – Location TBD