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March 2016 Newsletter

Dear Friends and Supporters;

The year is starting out on a positive note! The Central Downtown Food Basket served 320 students in January at the pop up Fresh Produce Pantry on the CSUS campus and 426 more in February! CDFB also has been involved in starting a new fresh produce program at Encina High School. The new program started in December 2015 and has increased in numbers with this last month being the highest. These numbers are not a cause for celebration, because it means that there are so many that are food insecure on our college and school campuses. But, the positive note I had mentioned earlier was that we were able to serve all those students needing our help.

Our other distribution sites at St. John’s Lutheran, Atonement Lutheran, Fremont Presbyterian and Elder Creek Elementary are also doing well in meeting the needs in those communities. CDFB has also enjoyed its new relationship with the Alice Birney Waldorf School. They provide two classes of seventh graders, each coming once a month to completely run a distribution that serves between 200-250 households a week at the St. John’s location. This includes everything from unloading the trailer, to handing out food, clothing and books to recycling the cardboard and general clean-up. They also learn to socialize with the clients and to know that everyone in life needs to be heard.

The focus on youth, whether it be providing food or teaching about the food insecure is important and a direction that is needed. CDFB will continue its efforts in making sure that we stay on course.

CDFB is able to continue to meet these demands because of supporters like you. Your monetary donations have kept us going and have allowed us to grow to meet demands in areas where before they were not being met. You are the spirit and soul of CDFB and together we can accomplish so much more!

Coming soon, a special mailing about our upcoming 2nd Annual CDFB FootGolf Tournament at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex.

May God Bless You!

Sincerely,
Timothy Baumbach
Executive Director, CDFB