Spring Holiday Food Distribution 2014

Yolo Food Bank's Second Spring Holiday Food Distribution was a great success! This year, we were able to distribute 1,300 meals to residents in Yolo County, which was as 86% increase from the 700 meals distributed last year. Meals were loaded with non-perishable goods, an array of fresh produce, and a meat item. 

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Canned Food Drive Set for Nov. 26 Hoops Doubleheader

DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis men's and women's basketball are partnering with the Yolo Food Bank for its annual canned food drive.  Fans who donate a canned or non-perishable food item on Nov. 26 will have the opportunity to purchase a $5 general admission ticket to watch the women battle San Jose State at 4:45 p.m., or the men take on Causeway rival Sacramento State at 7 p.m. inside The Pavilion.

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The Thanksgiving Meal Distribution is one of two Holiday Food Distributions hosted annually by Yolo Food Bank (YFB).  With generous support from Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, YFB distributed 2,550 holiday meals in 2012.  This year, we will provide more than 3,000 of these meals during November and December. 

Yolo County households in need of food assistance for the holidays will receive one turkey, an assortment of fresh produce, and a variety of non-perishable goods.

In an effort to reach all areas of Yolo County, the Food Bank will distribute food from Woodland and partner with several regional organizations including: RISE, Inc. (Esparto and Winters), New Discovery Christian Church (West Sacramento), Pole Line Baptist Church (Davis), and Children’s Alliance (West Sacramento).  YFB will also distribute food through its network of non-profit partner agencies located throughout the County.

The November holiday give away at Yolo Food Bank will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 23rd.  Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until the meals are gone.  For information about holiday food distributions in Woodland and other cities throughout Yolo County, please contact Yolo Food Bank at 530-668-0690.

Media are invited to attend the Thanksgiving holiday food distribution located in Woodland.  Please RSVP directly to Amanda McCarthy (contact info above).

WHEN: Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.

WHERE: 233 Harter Avenue, Woodland, CA 95776

“Yolo Food Bank is seeing record numbers of people, many of them children, at our distribution sites.  There are a lot of families struggling to make ends meet right now and Yolo Food Bank is thrilled to be able to provide food assistance to 1,500 households this Thanksgiving.”   
-Kevin Sanchez, Executive Director, Yolo Food Bank

About Yolo Food Bank
The mission of Yolo Food Bank is to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in Yolo County.  To achieve this, the food bank distributes nearly 3 million pounds of food annually.  Through our distribution programs and network of 60 non-profit partner agencies, more than 25,000 residents are served each month. In addition, YFB is committed to nutrition and increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables.  In 2012, more than 700,000 pounds of food distributed by Yolo Food Bank was fresh produce.

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Amanda McCarthy
Yolo Food Bank



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Annual Turkey Run will benefit Yolo Food Bank, which will distribute Thanksgiving meals

"The Yolo Food Bank will be distributing Thanksgiving meals, including turkeys, to families that need the extra assistance on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Yolo Food Bank, formerly the Food Bank of Yolo County, will host a Thanksgiving holiday give-away beginning at 8 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, at 233 Harter Ave., in Woodland. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until the meals are gone. No pre-registration is required.

"Yolo Food Bank is seeing record numbers of people, many of them children, at our distribution sites," said Executive Director Kevin Sanchez in a statement. "There are a lot of families struggling to make ends meet right now and it is quite gratifying to be able to provide food assistance to 1,500 households throughout our county this Thanksgiving.""

Read more at the Daily Democrat.

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RPE makes huge potato donation to Sacramento

"RPE, Bancroft, Wis., and Tasteful Selections are returning the generosity of Yolo County, Calif., with a 20,000-pound potato donation.

RPE and Tasteful Selections participated in Trucktoberfest in West Sacramento, Calif., last month. The event in Yolo County included food trucks and cooking competitions featuring Tasteful Selections’ potatoes. Although RPE planned to donate one pound of potatoes to the Yolo Food Bank for every pound sold at Trucktoberfest, the company increased that to 20,000 pounds."

Read more at The Packer.

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Editorial: Cuts to Food Stamps make getting by that much harder

"Could you survive on $5 worth of food per day? Probably. Three packets of ramen noodles. Maybe a hotdog. Possibly a small milk carton for one meal. Water for the rest. 

Just ask Yolo County Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada. Every year she tries to live for a day on the allowance for Food Stamps. It's not easy.

You could get by -- but it would not be the life of luxury that many people imagine when they hear "food stamps." Yes, we've heard the horror stories of waste, fraud and abuse in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- the actual name of the federal food stamp program. 

No doubt, there is abuse in the system. But neither is there any doubt that the program helps many desperately poor people."

Read more at the Daily Democrat.

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FOCUS ON HEALTH: Food Bank fighting rural hunger in Yolo County

"It's no secret that the current economic climate has caused newfound hardship for many of us. However, difficult times are, sadly, a way of life for many families living in rural areas.

According to the 2000 Census, more than 19 percent of Americans, 55 million people, live in non-metropolitan areas throughout the United States. Just as in urban areas, the cost of living, including heating and housing costs, is rising; and people living in rural communities face unique challenges..."

Read more at the Davis Enterprise.

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Pumpkins and persimmons: food security for Yolo County youths

"As temperatures get cooler and families are planning for holidays, Yolo Food Bank is seeing record numbers of participants in our programs, many of whom are children. The need for food is ongoing, especially for families trying to make ends meet. According to Feeding America’s Map The Meal Gap, 24.4 percent of children in Yolo County are food-insecure.

Not only is nutrition vital to the health and well-being of children, it is imperative for their emotional development. Children who are hungry experience higher rates of illness and obesity, impaired ability to concentrate, and increased behavioral problems. Knowing this, Yolo Food Bank has created a variety of programs to specifically address hunger among low-income children..."

Read more at the Davis Enterprise.

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Kids Farmers Markets Have Youngsters Eating Well

"April Vargas loves the Kids Farmers Market that takes place on Friday afternoons when class lets out at Whitehead Elementary School in Woodland. She loves using “funny money” to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, to sample some tasty produce and to try her hand at a game or two. In fact, when her dad had to pick her up right after school one recent Friday, and she didn’t get to participate, April was mad, said her mom, Lupita Vargas. And this from a little girl who was never particularly fond of fruits and vegetables..."

Read more at The Davis Enterprise.

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Yolo Food Bank gets new name, logo

"Through an extensive re-branding effort, Yolo County's Woodland-based food bank has unveiled its new logo and name, Yolo Food Bank.

Formerly the Food Bank of Yolo County, Yolo Food Bank further announced the launch of its new website, yolofoodbank.org.

"The name change and new logo are a reflection of the commitment that Yolo Food Bank has to providing local, healthy food to the people in our county who need it most," explained Executive Director Kevin Sanchez. "Yolo County is rich in agriculture and produce, and the Food Bank has prioritized the distribution of these and other healthy foods to the 25,000 people it serves each month."

Yolo Food Bank solicited the help of Branded Sac to design a logo that would convey the organization's priority to provide healthy produce, community programs and nutrition."

Read more at the Daily Democrat.

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