Sacramento Food Bank Breaks Ground on New Facility

By the Editors

Yesterday, the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services (SFBFS) broke ground on a new 20,000 square foot Education Center building and Urban Farm with Congresswoman Doris Matsui, Mayor Kevin Johnson and Father Dan Madigan.

For those who aren’t familiar with the organization, SFBFS is a wonderful nonprofit that provides free emergency goods and services to those in the community who need it most. Founded in 1976, they have 35 staff – and over 4,000 volunteers.

The $3.5 million project (funded through a loan from the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento and federal/county grants) will house some great resources for the over 20,000 families SFBFS serves in our community each month:

  • New Education Center, which will include a combined industrial kitchen and classroom providing health, nutrition and cooking classes.
  • Art gallery to profile work created in the Women’s Wisdom Art program.
  • A renovated space for the Clothing Assistance program.
  • Urban Farm to grow fresh produce and help teach children and adults about healthy living via the Health and Nutrition Education program.
  • Computer Clubhouse, which is a technology-based after school program for neighborhood youth.

The new building is expected to open its doors in Fall 2011. If you’re interested in volunteering or supporting SFBFS, check out: http://www.sacramentofoodbank.org/Volunteer/.

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