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The 2015 State Employees Food Drive seeks your assistance in helping to ensure people in the Sacramento community don’t go hungry this winter. There will also be a one-day turkey drive on Friday, Nov. 20 (see below).

The drive is from Nov. 9 to Jan. 15.

It is estimated that approximately 245,000 men, women, and children in Sacramento are currently food insecure, lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.

During the past year, the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services estimates that 150,000 individuals visit them in need of food each month, up from 45,000 per month in 2014.

Consider making a contribution to the Food Drive this year to help the Sacramento Food Bank meet these needs.  The best types of food donations are those that are non-perishable and highly nutritious. Foods that are recommended for donation include the following:

  • Canned tuna
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned meats
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Peanut butter
  • Beans
  • Soup
  • Rice
  • Baby food, dry and/or canned, and baby formula.

(Editor’s note: Some websites may not be accessible from a CDCR computer.)

Other ways to contribute:

Turkey drive is Friday

This Friday, Nov. 20, the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services and KCRA are hosting the largest one-day Turkey Drive in Sacramento.

Last year, over 9,000 turkeys were donated, thanks to contributions from California State employees.  The goal this year is to have 10,000 turkeys donated to help families in need this Thanksgiving. Help CDCR to be the greatest contributor during the Turkey Drive

Here is how it works:
You can drop off your turkey on the way to work, at lunch or after work. There will be a dedicated drop off lane for State Employees. Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services will record the weight and number of turkeys to credit each agency accordingly. A Turkey Drive Form is provided for you to turn in when donating turkeys to ensure the proper number of turkeys and weights are recorded.

Where is it?
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services
3333 Third Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95817

Who can participate?
Any interested individuals or Agencies. Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services will record the weight of the donation and it will be counted in the agency’s overall total. Hang on to the Turkey Drive Form and send a copy to

Regardless of how you contribute, it all goes toward showing CDCR as having the most generous staff in the state.

If you don’t live in the Sacramento area

If you are not in Sacramento, you can find your local food bank at California Association Of Food Banks by clicking here.

The local food bank should provide the employee with a weight receipt, which would then be emailed to CDCR food drive coordinator Richard Barraza at to allow CDCR staff to get credit for the donation.