Help us reach our 2017 goal!

783,683 lbs  
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800,000 lbs 

State Employees Food Drive 2017 results are in!

Click on the links below to see how your agency did this year. The "Totals by agency" spreadsheet has all the agencies listed alphabetically with all category totals. You can also check the individual category spreadsheets and those are listed with totals largest to smallest. We didn’t quite make our 800,000 pound goal, but we exceeded last year’s total with 783,683 pounds for 2017! (Check the 2016 recap page to compare last year to this year.) It’s an amazing accomplishment and on behalf of Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, I want to thank all of the coordinators for making this possible. SFBFS is able to provide over 648,000 meals to those in need in Sacramento County because of your efforts. Way to go!

A Message from Karen Ross

Secretary, Department of Food and Agriculture

Dear Agency/Department Heads:

I am pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 State Employees Food Drive. To begin this year’s effort, please designate an agency representative to help coordinate and publicize the drive, starting with the Fresh Produce Kickoff Event on September 21st.

The 2017 Food Drive goal is to surpass last year’s generous donation of 764,038 pounds and reach 800,000 pounds.

To achieve this, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is pleased to continue its partnership with Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) and is excited to welcome California Association of Food Banks (CAFB) in this year’s drive. Though numerous state employees reside in or near Sacramento, many are located throughout our great state. The CAFB will be reaching out to their 41 member food banks to enable all state employees to give back to people in their communities. CDFA’s Office of Farm to Fork will act on my behalf as statewide coordinators for Food Drive activities. You may contact them at (916) 900-5189 or

Fresh Produce Kickoff Event September 21, Capitol Mall Farmers’ Market

The 2017 Food Drive kicks off early this year on Thursday, September 21, 2017 with a fresh produce donation day at the Capitol Mall Farmers’ Market in Sacramento. The Kickoff marks the first opportunity to donate perishable items during the drive. Employees who work near the market are encouraged to purchase produce from vendors and donate. Cash donations will also be accepted and used to purchase fresh produce to go to SFBFS. Donations at the Kickoff will count toward the 2017 State Employees Food Drive.

Food Drive Coordinator

Please identify your agency/department coordinator and email their name, email address, department/agency address and phone number to Peggy Marshall at, by September 29, 2017. An orientation meeting for the coordinators will be held on October 19, 2017, 2:00 pm at SFBFS, 1951 Bell Avenue, Sacramento. At the meeting, coordinators will receive information and ideas for how to drum up support for this year’s drive.

Thank you for your commitment to strengthening our communities and state. Through your kind contributions, we look forward to a successful State Employees Food Drive!

Karen Ross, Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture
1220 N Street, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 654-0433,

2016 Food Drive totals announced!


California Correctional Health Care Services was inadvertently left off the Most Improved award list. They donated 100 pounds in 2015 and 4,187 in 2016 so that puts them in 2nd place for Most Improved. Congratulations CCHCS!

On behalf of Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, I want to thank all of the State Employee food drive coordinators who have worked so hard in making the 2016 drive a record breaking success! The impact you have on your community is a true testament to your generosity and willingness to help those in need. It has been my honor to work with all of you on the drive and you should be so proud of your accomplishments. I hope you consider being the coordinator for your agency again next year, as continuity has proven to be an effective tool for increased success. Thank you!

Peggy Marshall, CA State Employees Food Drive Coordinator
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services

Download and Print the 2017 Poster


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Important Dates

  • September 21: Fresh Produce Kickoff at Capitol Mall Farmer’s Market
  • October 19: Orientation and Tour of SFBFS, 2-4pm at Food Bank Services at 1951 Bell Avenue
  • October 23 – November 10: Barrel delivery
  • November 6: Food Drive begins
  • November 16: SFBFS Turkey Drive
  • November 23, Thanksgiving Day: Run to Feed the Hungry
  • December 15, 20 & 21: SEFD Volunteer days
  • January 12: Food Drive ends
  • January 15 – February 2: Final Barrel pick-ups
  • February 6: Final day to turn in Food drive Credit
  • February 15: Wrap-up Party and Awards – Location TBD