Who We Serve

Who We Serve

In 2018, we served 2.5 million pounds of food to more than 157,000 people.

Children in Need

One in four children in Sacramento County are now living in poverty. And almost half of the people in the County who are food insecure have children under 18 living in the home.

What’s life like for these kids in need?

  • They don’t have access to nutritious balanced meals
  • They often skip meals because there isn’t enough food at home
  • They go to school hungry and are less ready to learn
  • They’re more likely to have health problems, not just when they’re kids, but when they grow up

One third of the meals distributed by River City Food Bank goes to support the nutritional needs of children. We always need donations of healthy snacks for children, such as 100% fruit juice, protein bars, cheese-and-cracker snack packs, fresh fruit and items to help the many families with infants (formula, diapers, wipes, and toiletries).

Seniors and Disabled

There is an epidemic of senior food insecurity in our community. Nearly half of seniors in Sacramento County don’t have enough income to meet the most basic of expenses. And seniors account for more than 10 percent of our clients seeking three-day emergency food supplies.

What happens to these seniors?

  • They often skip life-saving medication to stretch their food budget until the end of the month
  • They simply run out of food
  • They suffer from nutritional deficiencies, and often lose weight causing their muscles to deteriorate, making them less able to live independently

Often no one knows that a senior is hungry. Not wanting to be a bother, hungry seniors often tell their adult children that “everything is fine,” when it isn’t. They deserve better. Besides healthy fruits and vegetables, we also appreciate donations of meal replacement shakes and nutrition drinks like Ensure.

Working Poor

Many visitors to the River City Food Bank are working poor. They have jobs, but not enough hours; or, where two adults had jobs, now only one does; or, their income declines and their rent goes up. The slightest setback can cause the terrible choice of paying rent and keeping the utilities on, or having enough healthy food on the table by the end of the month.

Meet our friend Jasmine Bess, a DMV employee for seven years. Despite tight budgeting, she runs out of money for food at the end of the month. Without help, she couldn’t provide meals for her nine year-old daughter.

Or consider this frequent scenario. A family of five climbs out of poverty as the economy improves. Sending their children to college is even a possibility. Suddenly, an accident or illness leads to layoffs, and the family is back at River City Food Bank. Often, a setback is temporary for these families, and they are back on their feet in no time. Meanwhile, the assistance they need now, including CalFresh, is available at the food bank.