CDCR is helping the state employees food drive but more food is needed

The annual California State Employees Food Drive is still in need of monetary and food but only days remain to make your donation. The drive started in November and will end Jan. 16, 2015.

This year’s food drive, overseen by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, has tapped the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services as the beneficiary and partner. The food bank partners with other food banks and entities to provide food and services to the needy.

Where do I donate?

At CDCR’s Headquarters in Sacramento, employees will find barrels in the lobbies of the north and south buildings, as well as on various other floors of the two buildings. Barrels will also be located at CDCR’s Accounting Services (first and second floors) in Rancho Cordova on Goethe Road.

Not in Sacramento? No problem

Since the drive is statewide, offices outside of the Sacramento area are welcome to participate. These offices may collect food to donate to their local food banks, pitch in for the rice program or make cash donations to Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.

“The local food bank should provide the agency with a weight receipt, which would then be emailed to CDCR food drive coordinator Norine Occhipinti at,” to be counted toward the state employees’ group efforts, according to the drive’s website.  “All monetary donations must be made directly to Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services because the food drive operates under Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services 501(c)3.”

What can I contribute?

If you want to donate food, recommended items include canned tuna, canned vegetables, canned meats, boxed macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, beans, soup, rice, baby food (dry or canned) and baby formula.

Do not donate open packages, open cans, open bottles or home-canned foods. They will not be accepted.

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