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EMERGENCY

FOOD BANK EVENTS • The Run & Walk Against Hunger, Banner Island Ballpark, November 24 • RTD Stuff the Bus, Food 4 Less on Hammer Lane, November • KCRA Kids Can Drive, schools throughout SJ County, through November • Safeway Every Bag Counts (at select Stockton Safeways), through December

  During the holidays, efforts ramp up, and it’s a good opportunity for many to get involved. In 2015, 2,100 families enjoyed a Thanksgiving Day meal courtesy of EFB, and for Christmas, 1,400 families received a food box. It couldn’t have been done without community support.   All of EFB’s efforts are sustained through community donations and volunteers. To help, consider hosting a food drive, becoming a sustaining donor, volunteering at a local bank, or simply spreading the word.   “Remember, hunger knows no season,” Mike points out. To quell stomach pains year round, the EFB hosts special events from May through December to make as big an impact as it can manage. FEED THE HUNGRY:

STOCKTON/SAN JOAQUIN EMERGENCY FOOD BANK 7 W. Scotts Ave. Stockton, (209) 464-7369 StocktonFoodBank.org

• The Annual Stockton Fire & Police Turkey Drive, Food 4 Less on Hammer Lane, December • Christmas CanTree Event, Regal Stockton City Centre Stadium 16 on North El Dorado Street, December

“The mission of the EFB is to build a stronger community by providing a safety net of healthy food, nutrition education, and hope to residents of San Joaquin County who find themselves in need.” – Mike Donaghy, Executive Director, Stockton/San Joaquin Emergency Food Bank

  However, hunger is not just a national problem. In San Joaquin County, it’s a local need. In our own backyard, more than 21 percent of the population is living below the poverty line, which means they may not have the means to purchase as much food as is needed to properly feed their families.   The Emergency Food Bank is doing its part to quiet growls echoing from community stomachs. Through the Bank’s main pantry on Scotts Avenue in Stockton, 265 people are served daily. A whopping 50,000 individuals and families were fed by the main pantry over the course of 2015.   Sadly, it isn’t enough. Despite grand efforts made by EFB and other area food banks, San Joaquinians are still going hungry; the food fight is not being won.    In an effort to reach more people in need, a mobile farmer’s market was launched in 2007. It helps distribute more food than

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the pantry could manage on its own, and it allows EFB to reach urban communities that do not have healthy, cost-effective food readily available.    “The program not only delivers healthy and nutritious fruits and vegetables to those in need, [it] provides for a 15-minute food preparation demonstration and a recipe for the fruits and vegetables being distributed that day,” says Mike Donaghy, Executive Director of EFB. Each month, the mobile efforts reach 60 communities and more than 27,000 families and individuals.    Combined efforts have a greater impact. In 2015, across all platforms, the EFB distributed 6 million pounds of food, including 1.5 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. These meal services help families stave off hunger, educate them on how to create healthful meals, alleviate financial stress, and make nutritious food a convenient option.

NOVEMBER’S

MUST HAVE ITEMS: • Turkey • Boxed stuffing • Produce • Fruits and vegetables

DIGNITY HEALTH

ST. JOSEPH’S

MEDICAL CENTER HALF MARATHON & 5K

NOVEMBER 6

Let your training pay off at this race benefitting the Emergency Food Bank of San Joaquin County! Push yourself in the 13-miler or take it easier in the 3-miler—your choice! University of the Pacific De Rosa Center, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton, FleetFeetStockton.com

San Joaquin Magazine November 2016  

San Joaquin Magazine, November 2016, Thanksgiving, Lodi, Manteca, Stockton, Lodi, Tracy, Sierra, Christmas Cheer Along The Rail Lines, Sleep...

San Joaquin Magazine November 2016  

San Joaquin Magazine, November 2016, Thanksgiving, Lodi, Manteca, Stockton, Lodi, Tracy, Sierra, Christmas Cheer Along The Rail Lines, Sleep...