Everyone has the ability to grab something off the shelf but having food literacy can help make informed decisions on what we eat. Food literacy is a conscious choice through food related experiences such as heading to the farmers market or learning how to cook from home, but it is important to keep in mind that not everyone has those same opportunities or resources to proper nourishment.
As many have been unemployed since the pandemic, and local neighborhoods such as Oak Park experience affordable food scarcity, basic grocery necessities such as fruits and vegetables are less likely to be on the dinner table.
Since schools have been closed and curriculum has changed into an online form, students have fortunately been able to access free meals during the closure. Organizations such as Sacramento Food Bank offer free grocery day every Wednesday at Potters House Church of God in Christ;Fresh vegetables, dairy products, and more with no need to leave the car as they will present the grocery package to you. All they require is a name, address, and how many people are in your family. They are also certified to offer sign-ups for CalFresh, Medicaid and more.
River City Food Bank also offers emergency food and assistance in promoting self-sufficiency through a variety of support resources.
“With more than 14% of residents in Sacramento experiencing food insecurity, RCFB helps people avoid a crisis by providing a short-term food supply when they are unable to meet basic living expenses. RCFB operates two emergency food distribution sites (Midtown and Arden Arcade), CalFresh outreach, BackSnacks for kids, senior programs and nutrition programs. In 2019, RCFB served more than 205,000 people, an increase of 40% over the prior year. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, RCFB is serving 4,500 people per week, an increase in service of 30%,” says Executive Director Amanda McCarthy.
If seeking assistance please contact your local food bank for open hours. If you are seeking to volunteer, RCFB is looking for additional help to distribute food to the community Tuesday through Saturday. To sign up or learn more about getting involved, please visit www.rivercityfoodbank.org.