Donate by Kathryn Harper

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The Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services was founded by Father Daniel Madigan in the basement of his church in Oak Park in 1976. He was heartbroken to see so many people, including children, go hungry in Sacramento. He assembled a team of volunteers to try to solve the problem. As time went on the organization grew larger. He still maintains that passion to help the ones in need.

The Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services goals are to help families become able to supply for one’s own needs without external assistance and have sufficient wealth to live. The Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services also provides families in need with a five day supply of emergency groceries every week of the year. The groceries which they provide are made up of fresh fruit and vegetables. They also have a clothing program in which they give out free clothing to those in need of them.

The Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services also have educational programs for the youth and adults in the surrounding community, including programs for parental education and seniors. They have services such as a refugee resettlement and an immigration legal service. Anyone can go drop off to donate anything that they have that is new or has been used gently to help the people in need. The Oak Park drop off is at the corner of 3rd Avenue and 33rd Street.

People can also donate online on their website, and decide on how much money they want to donate. They also have volunteer opportunities including bagging groceries, sorting out clothing, mentoring new parents, and more.

Kids from the age of 10-15 can volunteer with an adult. young people from the ages 16-17 can volunteer with parental permission. In order to be a volunteer, one must participate in a two hour orientation. In the orientation, volunteers will learn about the food bank’s policies and procedures and important safety information.

For more information, visit or call (916) 456-1980.