It has been my privilege for many years, to see the good work that the River City Food bank does in the Sacramento area. RCFB is the oldest continuously operating food bank in our community, and the only food bank in our area which is open every week day to provide food to anyone experiencing hunger in Sacramento County.
RCFB was started forty-six years ago as River City Community Services. It originally functioned out of St Paul’s Episcopal Church downtown, and then moved to its own location on 27th Street, next door to Trinity Cathedral. In 2010 the food bank burned to the ground, following an arson fire, which also destroyed the offices of the Bishop of our Diocese. After being temporarily housed at Trinity Cathedral, and then another temporary location, a new permanent building was purchased on 28th Street.
River City Food Bank is unique in several ways. First of all, instead of just handing a bag of groceries to their clients, the volunteers who staff the food bank, take clients around to different stations to “shop” for the foods that they want to eat. RCFB also provides nutritional counseling, helping their clients understand what nutritional needs that they have, and how to get the most out of their groceries.
One of the most unique programs at the food bank, is a partnership with CARES (Center for Aids Research, Education, and Services)Community Health, in helping patients with HIV/AIDS to get their particular nutritional needs met. People suffering from AIDS have very special dietary needs, including a need for higher than usual levels of protein. RCFB provides bags of groceries to these medically fragile clients twice a month. In addition, RCFB offers a “Fun with cooking class,” to help these low income HIV patients make the most of their groceries, while meeting their special dietary needs.
Financial support for this special program comes from NorCal AIDS Cycle (NCAC), a three-hundred and thirty mile bike ride which aims to raise funds for agencies in our area giving services to those suffering from HIV/AIDS. Last year I had the opportunity to start a NCAC team the “River City Roadies,” sponsored by the Food Bank, and the “Roadies” are back again this year. 2014 is the tenth anniversary of NorCal AIDS Cycle, which begins on Thursday, May 15th, and we are hoping to raise a record amount of money this time around.
But a bunch of people on bikes doesn’t just magically equal dollars! It requires the support of people on our community, who want to make it a better place to live. So I am recruiting YOU to be a part of the River City Roadies team, by pledging your financial support. Just click the link below to make a quick and easy contribution to NCAC-X, and help to make a difference in OUR community today. Thank you so much for your support!