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Charity Spotlight: Placer Food Bank

By on January 15, 2016
by J. Nalani Kahae
When an organization decides to take on the battle against hunger, being able to see the humanity within the need is the element that creates true change. In a world where relief seems to be a

Placer Food Bank

Placer Food Bank

never-ending battlefront, Placer Food Bank sees its vision. Serving Placer, El Dorado and Nevada counties, they provide support through their extensive partnership network by both educating and advocating on a domestic level. They are diligent in giving a face to the word “hunger” despite how invisible the epic need may seem.

45 years ago, Placer Food Bank was founded as the Community Resource Council aimed at providing support for low-income families and individuals in the surrounding Roseville area. From helping people acquire driver’s licenses and social security cards to giving food and clothing, the mission to serve a struggling community’s basic needs has always been the heart of this organization.
Fifteenyears later, they adopted the responsibilities as a food bank; and by 2008, they began operating officially as the Placer Food Bank. Two years later, they outgrew their facilities and relocated to better serve the expanding needs of their target community.
Placer Food Bank is now proud to distribute over 6 million pounds of food each year. Operating five different programs to serve the Placer, El Dorado and Nevada counties, they have been able to reach almost 90 thousand people.Brownies1
Their BackPack Program is designed to address the 1 in 3 children struggling with hunger. This program provides weekend and holiday food for children who heavily rely on the national school meal programs as their main food source.
The CalFresh Outreach program is geared to educate low-in come individuals about the food stamp program in California. An Outreach Coordinator works with clients with pre-screenings, eligibility and applications.
Placer Community Gardens is essentially a partnership with a variety of private gardens, commercial farms, orchards, ranches and public gardens. Each garden donates portions of their harvest to the Placer Food Bank; volunteers are skill-matched to help with the harvesting and distribution needs. What started as a single garden partnership has turned into a program harvesting over 59 thousand pounds of fresh produce in a year.
The Healthy Plates, Healthy Families Program provides nutrition and food safety education and training for both their hunger-relief partners and the communities being served. It’s designed align the goods received with the MyPlate nutrition guidelines. With this education and training, clients and partners can plan nutritional meals with the food being distributed.
And finally, the USDA Emergency Food Assistance program is run by the Department of Social Services. The Placer Food Bank helps clients determine eligibility for this program and aides in this process.
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Placer County Food Bank
8284 Industrial Ave, Roseville
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