Help us reach our 2018 goal!

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800,000 lbs 

A Message from Karen Ross

Secretary, Department of Food and Agriculture

Dear Agency/Department Heads:

It is a pleasure to announce the launch of the 2018 State Employees Food Drive. The 2018 Food Drive goal is to surpass last year's generous donation of 792,301 pounds and reach at least 800,000 pounds.

To achieve this, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will continue its partnership with Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) and 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. CAFB will be reaching out to its 41-member food banks to enable all state employees to give back to people in their communities. Carla Sanchez in CDFA's Division of Inspection Services which oversees the Office of Farm to Fork, will act on my behalf as statewide coordinator for Food Drive activities. You may contact her at (916) 900-5020 or

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 25, 2018. An orientation meeting for the coordinators will be held on October 9, 2018, 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,

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Important Dates

  • October 9: SEFD Orientation and Tour 2-4pm — 1951 Bell Ave, Sacramento, CA 95838
  • October 15 – November 2: Barrel delivery
  • November 5: Food Drive Begins
  • November 15: SFBFS Turkey Drive — 3333 3rd Ave, Sacramento, CA 95816
  • November 22: Run to Feed the Hungry / Thanksgiving Day
  • December 15, 20 & 21: SEFD Volunteer Days
  • January 11: Food Drive Ends
  • January 14 – February 1: Final Barrel Pick-ups
  • February 8: Final Day to Turn in Food Drive Credit
  • February 21: Wrap up Party and Awards (Location TBD)