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As the adrenaline subsided, River City Food Bank was faced with hundreds of tasks to restore its operation after the fire on October 21, 2010.

It’s taken many months to have the time to go back through notes and unwind the tangle of events and activities that

California leaves billions of unused federal food-stamp dollars on the table each year. Meanwhile, the state’s red-tape labyrinth lets millions go hungry. One day last month, Monica Turner received a notice in the mail that tested her usually upbeat personality. Out of work since October and supporting two children, she was about to be evicted.

The Wednesday farmers market at Cesar Chavez Plaza in Sacramento is a haven for those in search of fresh, locally grown goods – and, as of last month, a place to do good as well.

After a shaky permit process and objections from neighbors, the River City Food Bank, which was destroyed in an as-yet-to-be solved fire last October, will close escrow this week on a permanent home at 28th and R streets.

The agency, which distributes food to about 36,000 needy people each year, got permission from the city planning commission Thursday night to move from its temporary headquarters in midtown Sacramento into permanent space at R and 28th streets. Pending a 10-day appeal period, the food bank will begin renovations in advance of moving into the new building this summer, said director Eileen Thomas.

In 2010, fire destroyed the River City Food Bank. See how Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento helped its community partner. Watch the video after the jump!

It was soup that warmed the stomach and soul. Hundreds of diners packed the Masonic Temple in downtown Sacramento today for the

Seriously, I love soup. It’s one of my favorite things to make because it requires minimal fuss and uses up all those pesky leftovers in my fridge. Lentil, barley and ham, three bean, leek and potato, egg drop—really, it’s all so easy that I never order soup when I go out to eat since I find few restaurants can make soup just the way I like it.

Then the bottom fell out of the economy, and along with it the construction industry. More and more construction workers lost their jobs, fewer and fewer burritos were consumed, and Rosenberg received fewer and fewer orders for the item. A year ago, her supplier, Windsor Foods, stopped making burritos. Last summer, with their van repossessed and unable to make a go of it on other food products such as pierogi, Rosenberg, a 58-year-old grandmother, faced a chilling new reality—food stamps.

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