What started as an individual act of kindness has led to supplying food and other critical resources for the last 48 years. Elk Grove Food Bank Services (EGFBS), founded by the Elk Grove Ministerial Association, serves the needs of food insecure individuals in Elk Grove and the surrounding south Sacramento County communities. Since 2009, it has expanded from two programs and two employees to eighteen programs and eleven employees. The Food Bank distributes food to more than 10,000 food-insecure individuals each month, including seniors, children, migrant workers, disabled, medically fragile, working poor, and homeless. In addition, we provide clothing free of charge, along with CalFresh application assistance, and referrals to agencies who provide additional essential services.
We are very grateful to our community for their donations to our Garden Harvest program. We are open from 9 am to 3 pm Mondays through Fridays and 9 am to 12 pm on Saturdays to accept your donations.
ProducePedia is a free resource that covers the types of fresh produce that can be delivered to food pantries. Each entry includes information on color, taste, and possible uses. People unfamiliar with the vegetable or fruit will learn how to use it, and those who are familiar with it still might learn a fun fact or two!
The Cooperative Extension sites have a wealth of information for any backyard gardener. Once you go to the site (each one if very different from the others) look for a link for “homes and gardens”, “landscape”, “consumer horticulture”, etc. to find information on improving your backyard garden. Neighboring state sites may offer information your own state’s site lacks.