Most school-age children look forward to the weekend. However, for 29,000 children in Placer County, weekends and holiday vacations may mean going with little to no food.
PRIDE in Action is a group of PRIDE Industries employees, their family members and friends, volunteering their time in the community. The group believes that one person can make a difference, and if we unite, we can make an even greater impact. PRIDE in Action volunteered at Placer Food Bank on Saturday, November 10th, 2012.
Placer Food Bank is dedicated to feeding the hungry through a network of partner agencies, while educating the community about hunger and advocating for hunger relief. Their vision is to eliminate hunger. On Saturday, PRIDE in Action lent a hand by helping with their Backpack Program. The Backpack Program helps meet the needs of hungry children by providing them easy-to-prepare food to take home on weekends and school vacations. The program provides food that is child-friendly, non-perishable, and easily consumed. Children from local elementary schools are given a “backpack,” a gallon size bag, containing two microwaveable meals, two juice boxes, two cereal boxes, a fruit cup, and two shelf stable milks. The Backpack Program currently provides 615 school age children with meals each week.
Fourteen PRIDE in Action volunteers including PRIDE employees and their family members, pitched in. Together, the group re-packaged more than 2,400 meals for distribution at three Placer County elementary schools.
“My husband and I were excited to volunteer for the first time at the Placer Food Bank with our boys. We feel it is important for them to understand how many kids and adults do not have food readily available to them,” said Dana Almora, a PRIDE Industries employee and PRIDE in Action volunteer. “We talk about it, however, we wanted to show them first-hand how they can make a difference. Kids at any age are never too young to learn the spirit of giving, especially during this Thanksgiving season.”
PRIDE in Action is open to employees, family members and friends. If you live in the Sacramento area, and would like to participate in future PRIDE in Action events, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “PRIDE in Action” as the subject.
Thank you so much to all of our PRIDE in Action volunteers, Placer Food Bank and United Way for making this collaborative effort a reality! We hope that with our joint efforts fewer children will go hungry.
For more information about Placer Food Bank, their Backpack Program visit http://www.placerfoodbank.org.