California State Employees Food Drive

337,641.0 lbs collected
Updated 1/13/2015

September 29, 2014

With the holidays fast approaching, it is once again time to turn our attention to the 2014 Food Drive sponsored by California state employees.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is excited to announce a new partnership with Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) to coordinate the food drive on behalf of the State of California this year. SFBFS is Sacramento County’s largest direct food bank provider feeding approximately 40,000 food insecure individuals a month, including 15,000 children and with 8,000 senior citizens. In 2013, SFBFS distributed over 6.5 million pounds of food, including 2 million pounds of fresh California grown fruits and vegetables. In past years the CDFA has partnered with California Emergency Foodlink (Foodlink). We would like to express our appreciation and thanks for Foodlink’s continued service and commitment to our state.

To help SFBFS achieve its mission, the 2014 Food Drive goal is to surpass last year’s generous donation level of 621,644 pounds. I call upon all state agencies and departments to help us achieve this goal. Taylor Roschen and Conor O’Brien, in CDFA’s Executive Office, will act on my behalf as statewide coordinators for the Food Drive activities. You may contact Taylor Roschen at or (916)-654-0321.

Please identify your agency/department representative and coordinator for the 2014 Food Drive, and email the coordinator’s name, email address, department/agency address and telephone number to Peggy Marshall at, by October 10, 2014. An orientation meeting for the coordinators will be held on October 23, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at SFBFS – 3333 Third Ave, Sacramento, CA 95817. At the meeting, coordinators will receive information and resources to assist them with this year’s Food Drive. For more information, please go to

Through your kind contributions we look forward to a bountiful State Employees' Food Drive! Thank you for your commitment.

Yours truly,

Karen Ross


Important Dates

  • Thurs., Oct. 23: Kick-Off Meeting/Orientation for Agency Coordinators
  • Oct. 27 - Nov. 10: Barrel Delivery
  • Wed., Nov. 12: Food Drive Begins
  • Fri., Nov. 21: Turkey Drop (held offsite this year - at Sacramento Food Bank)
  • Fri, Jan. 16: Food Drive Ends
  • Jan 20 - Feb. 3: Final Food & Barrel Pick Ups
  • Late February/Early March: Food Drive Totals Announced