As Sacramento’s oldest, continuously-serving food bank, our mission is to alleviate hunger in Sacramento County by providing healthy emergency food and other assistance, offering referrals and promoting self-sufficiency through a variety of programs. From seniors to children, from the homeless to the working poor, we assist all struggling individuals and families in Sacramento County.
Our small but mighty team
River City Food Bank is a grass-roots community effort, but these professionals make sure that our program is run with integrity and efficiency.
Eileen Thomas, Executive Director
Eileen, a fourth generation resident, has deep roots in the Sacramento community. After serving as the admissions director for a local Catholic girls’ high school, Eileen joined River City Food Bank as its executive director in 2003. Eileen’s passion for our client population saturates our entire organization. During Eileen’s tenure, the River City Food Bank has managed to grow with the need and expand its programs.
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Laura Garcia, Director of Fund Development
Laura comes to the River City Food Bank with more than 15 years of development experience. Having spent the majority of her career in higher education, she considers the gig at River City Food Bank her “dream job”. Laura is everywhere telling the River City Food Bank story, helping to lift up those in need through the power of philanthropy.
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Paula Jenkins, Administrative Assistant
In addition to her Administrative duties, Paula oversees the financial and personnel responsibilities of our food bank. She is frequently referred to as our “Computer Whisperer” and is the go-to person for troubleshooting equipment issues, building maintenance and ordering all office supplies.
Paula values the importance of helping others & volunteering. In her spare time, Paula and her husband take care of their two granddaughters and you will usually find her volunteering at the Sacramento Music Festival over Memorial Day weekend.
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Jena Robinson, Program and Operations Manager
Jena Robinson came to River City Food Bank through the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network (LEVN). Since graduating from Auburn University in 2009, she has worked for numerous non-profits fulfilling her passion to help marginalized people. Her passion for food justice started as a little seed in an urban garden in Nashville, TN and has grown to managing food programs, volunteers, food drives and more at River City Food Bank.
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Denver Symister, Programs Assistant
Denver Symister is the Program and Operations Assistant at River City Food Bank. He has been with the organization since 2015, and is committed to helping RCFB become more successful in its endeavors to provide more compassionate and dignified assistance to people in need. Originally from the United Kingdom, he now resides in Sacramento, California.
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Thomas Pearson, Truck Driver
Thomas Pearson is originally from Paterson, New Jersey and has worked for non-profits for over 20 years. He is passionate about helping people in any and all ways possible. Thomas also enjoys golfing, writing and working out. He spend his spare time with family and friends. He wishes to establish two separate business, one profit and one non-profit yet still working at RCFB as it is a great company to work with.
Donnie Salgado, Truck Driver
Donnie Salgado is originally from Salinas, CA. He came to us from Goodwill, a partner of River City Food Bank. Donnie enjoys the physical aspects of his position as well as driving. In his spare time Donnie likes to work out and play sports.
Amy Dierlam, CalFresh Outreach Program Director
Amy has strong roots in social service, a background that helps her to be especially sensitive and helpful to people needing CalFresh assistance. Before coming to Sacramento, she was a social worker for a foster care agency in Butte County, and then transitioned to work for the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, coordinating youth and young adult ministry. Amy volunteered at the River City Food Bank intake desk for a year before accepting the CalFresh outreach assistant position in the summer of 2011.
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Ricardo Lopez, CalFresh Outreach Assistant
Ricardo has worked for nonprofit agencies for about eight years. During that time, he has built a strong passion for helping people who are less advantaged. Ricardo has experience in working with a diverse group of people from different backgrounds and ethnicities, enabling him to assist the varied population at the food bank with their CalFresh benefits.
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