California State Employees Food Drive

710,839.2 lbs collected
Updated 2/18/2016

March 2, 2016

A sincere thank you to all who participated in the 2015-16 State Employees Food Drive. It was a remarkable success, surpassing last year’s total donations by a whopping 14%.

The California State Employees Food Drive is the result of the hard work and innovation shown by State employees to positively impact their community. The donations this year came from a variety of activities yielding total donations of over 710,839 pounds of food. Of this total, over $167,000 came from cash donations and 229,230 pounds in food donations including 2,702 pounds in turkeys for holiday dinners. The cash donations and nonperishable donations will be used for many months to feed needy families throughout the greater Sacramento area.

This successful drive was only possible through the time, efforts, and donations of over 100 different state agencies, departments, and offices. I want to thank all of you for your hard work and contributions. It is with this community spirit that we can look forward to next year’s food drive and reaching new goals for feeding needy families.

Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services (SFBFS) was our partner in this endeavor and worked tirelessly to coordinate food donation pickups and deliveries. Their staff was essential in making this effort as smooth and easy as possible for everyone, and I am pleased to have them as our partner.

Thank you so much for your hard work and commitment to this important cause!

Yours truly,

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

Secretary's Wrap Up Letter

A celebration of your success!

All State Employees Food Drive Coordinators were invited to a wrap-up party to celebrate the success of this year's Food Drive on Thursday, February 18 at our newly remodeled Community Room located in our Oak Park facility, 3333 Third Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95817. We shared food and refreshments to celebrate all of the hard work and energy that the Coordinators put into making the Food Drive such a huge success this year. Food Drive totals were announced and awards were presented.

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!