California State Employees Food Drive

676,872.6 lbs collected
Updated 2/5/2016

October 1, 2015

Agency Colleagues,

With the holidays fast approaching, it is once again time to turn our attention to the 2015 Food Drive sponsored by California state employees.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is pleased to continue its 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 over 150,000 food insecure men, women and children every month. In 2014, SFBFS distributed 11,151,441 pounds of food. SFBFS offers 14 services, provided at no cost to families seeking to change their lives.

To help SFBFS achieve its mission, the 2015 Food Drive goal is to surpass last year's generous donation level of 622,686 pounds. I call upon all state agencies and departments to help us achieve this goal. Elysia Fong and Carrie Black, in CDFA's Office of Farm to Fork, will act on my behalf as statewide coordinators for the Food Drive activities. You may contact Elysia Fong at or (916) 900-5189.

Please identify your agency/department representative and coordinator for the 2015 Food Drive, and email the coordinator's name, email address, department/agency address and telephone number to Peggy Marshall at, by October 6, 2015. An orientation meeting for the coordinators will be held on October 13, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at CDFA's Auditorium - 1220 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. At the meeting, coordinators will receive information and resources to assist them with this year's Food Drive. For more information, please visit the links on this website.

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

Yours truly,

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


Important Dates

  • Tues., Oct. 13: Kick-Off Meeting/Orientation for Agency Coordinators
  • Oct. 26 - Nov. 9: Barrel Delivery
  • Mon., Nov. 9: Food Drive Begins
  • Fri., Nov. 20: Turkey Drive (at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services)
  • Fri, Jan. 15: Food Drive Ends
  • Jan 19 - Feb. 5: Final Food & Barrel Pick Ups
  • Feb. 18: Food Drive Totals Announced/Wrap Party!