Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services is dedicated to assisting those in need by alleviating their immediate pain and problems and moving them toward self sufficiency and financial independence.

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Address: 3333 Third Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95817
County or Parish: Sacramento
Primary NTEE: Human Services 
Sub NTEE: Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) 
Executive Director: Blake Young
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-456-1980
Father Daniel Madigan founded Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) in the basement of his Oak Park church in 1976. Pained by watching so many people, including small children, go hungry on the streets of Sacramento, he called together a small cadre of compassionate volunteers to tackle the problem. Over time, the number of facilities, staff and volunteers grew to meet the ever-increasing need in Sacramento. His passion for helping individuals and families in need is still alive and well in the wide array of programs and services offered by SFBFS. SFBFS currently operates two campuses: one in Oak Park and one in North Sacramento, serving neighborhoods with families experiencing some of the highest rates of poverty, unemployment, child abuse and neglect, malnourishment and overall hardship in the Sacramento area. Over three decades, the programs and services offered by SFBFS grew from food and clothing to include adult education, youth education, technology training and more. SFBFS runs a lean organization with an incredibly efficient, professional staff of almost 90 and a volunteer workforce of over 10,000 annually. SFBFS continues to meet the increasing demands for services by leveraging donations when purchasing food, baby supplies, and reading materials for pennies on the dollar. Through 14 diverse programs and services, SFBFS provides free emergency goods and services to around 140,000 men, women and children each month.
SFBFS serves 140,000 folks every month, but there's still a lot of work to be done. Every day we get a little closer. Closer to a more equitable and sustainable food system in Sacramento County. Closer to a Sacramento County with fewer economic, educational and social barriers. Closer to providing more and more people with the tools and resources they need to achieve self-sufficiency and stability.

Your investment in SFBFS keeps the momentum going and gives many people hope that they don't have to settle for close enough.
Our top needs:
  1. In-Kind Donations - Produce from local farmers, bulk dry rice and beans. ($25,000)
  2. Funding: Other - GED/HiSET test scholarships for 25 students. ($3,500)
  3. Technology - New computers, software and programming for the Youth Education program. ($10,000) New Windows 10 compatible computer towers for the Adult Education technology lab. ($40,000) USB/memory sticks for computer class students. ($1,250)
  4. Funding: Unrestricted - Resources for Refugee Resettlement Services to support newly arriving families, including car seats, bedding, pillows, towels, toiletries, cleaning supplies, bus passes, kitchen table & chairs. ($5,000)
  5. Funding: Unrestricted - Refurbished equipment for improved food distribution operations. ($25,000)
SFBFS has a long-standing history of effective community impact. SFBFS' talented staff work with a dedicated corps of volunteers to serve families in our community in the most efficient and compassionate manner. As a private, non-profit agency operating without government constraints, SFBFS continues to evaluate and reinvent programs and services to best meet the community's ever changing needs. This is made possible by the financial and in-kind support of local contributors. SFBFS' donors receive a high return on community investment (ROCI) - for each $1 donated to SFBFS, $10 of goods and services are returned to the community at no cost. For 42 years, volunteers have empowered individuals who are facing hard times to change their own lives by executing SFBFS' commitment to supporting individuals on their journey to self-sufficiency. A positive work and volunteer environment, filled with individuals who know they are making a difference, along with success stories in every shape and form, fuel a company culture of dedication. The individuals who affiliate themselves with SFBFS live the organization's mission and continually strive to help those in need achieve self-sufficiency and financial independence.

SFBFS exhibits financial responsibility and organizational success by:
- Maintaining an administrative overhead of 7%, while the industry standard for non-profit overhead is between 15% and 25%
- Engaging more than 10,000 volunteers annually
- Hosting more than 500 corporate partners per year for volunteer group activities
- Partnering with over 250 businesses to participate in the Spirit of Giving Holiday Drive
- Owning and operating Sacramento's largest special event, Run to Feed the Hungry (RTFTH), which attracted more than 29,600 participants in 2017
- Offering services four nights per week in addition to services offered during the day, recognizing there are some with marginal employment who could benefit from evening services
- Serving approximately 140,000 people per month through 14 programs and services
- Financially engaging 100% of SFBFS' Board of Directors

Blake Young
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services