Sacramento, CA / July 2020 – River City Food Bank (RCFB) is thrilled to receive a grant for $10,000 from Bayer Fund, which will be used to provide healthy snacks to children in low- income schools throughout the Sacramento region.
“River City Food Bank is serving record numbers of families who are struggling with hunger. This is especially the case during the summer months when free or reduced meal programs are not available. With the school closures due to the pandemic, we are seeing an even greater need to provide schools with nutritious food options. With the generous award from Bayer Fund, we are able to purchase healthy snacks and groceries to ensure that students and their families can thrive,” said Amanda McCarthy, Executive Director of River City Food Bank.
Many students go hungry on weekends and during the summer when school is out, and school breakfast and lunch programs are unavailable. To help kids grow and have the energy they need to thrive, they need access to nutritious snacks every day. RCFB created the BackSnacks program to help meet that need. This program services local schools that have 90% of low- income students with nutritious snacks that they can eat before, during, or after school or take home to their families on the weekend. BackSnacks supplies healthy and portable snacks such as crackers, peanut butter, granola bars, milk, 100% juice, oatmeal, fruit cups and cereal to ensure that they can reach their full potential. This grant will allow River City Food Bank to ensure that they can.
“Throughout the years, the grants given through Bayer Fund have helped strengthen our communities across the United States,” said Al Mitchell, President of Bayer Fund. “We’re proud to be able to provide support to develop programs that help combat challenges such as food insecurity, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and support services to patients and families managing an illness or disease.”
In 2019, Bayer Fund awarded more than $14 million to over 3,200 charitable and nonprofit organizations to help address essential needs in food and nutrition, STEM education and community development. Over the last five years, nonprofit organizations across the U.S. have received more than $79 million.
To learn more about River City Food Bank, visit https://rivercityfoodbank.org/.
To learn more about Bayer Fund visit https://www.fund.bayer.us.
About River City Food Bank
As Sacramento’s oldest, continuously-serving food bank, River City Food Bank seeks to alleviate hunger in Sacramento County by providing healthy emergency food and CalFresh assistance, offering referrals and promoting self-sufficiency through a variety of programs. From seniors to children, the homeless to the working poor, RCFB assists all struggling individuals and families in Sacramento County. The food bank distributes food from two locations in Midtown Sacramento and the Center at Saint Matthews in Arden Arcade.
About Bayer Fund
Bayer Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where Bayer customers and employees live and work by providing funding for food and nutrition, education and community development projects.
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