CDCR joins effort to raise funds, donate food to state’s needy

By Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR editor
Office of Public and Employee Communications

When there is a need to help the community, California state employees open their wallets, check books and pantries to help.

In 2015, the California State Employees Food Drive helped feed 130,000 people monthly in Sacramento County alone. Over 100 state agencies, departments and offices, in more than 200 locations participated in the food drive in the great Sacramento area. Throughout the state, CDCR institutions donated to food banks in their local communities. The food drive officially runs now through Jan. 13.

In the Sacramento area, you’ll see barrels ready for food donations. Here’s what they need:

  • Canned tuna or other meats
  • Peanut Butter
  • Beans (canned or dry)
  • Rice
  • Soups
  • Canned fruit in water
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Canned vegetables
  • Dry or canned baby food or formula (non-glass containers preferred)

Note: No opened packages, cans or bottles will be accepted. Also, no homemade canned goods are accepted.

More information is available on the official food drive website,

To check on CDCR’s progress (across the state), visit the team page:

(Editor’s note: Some websites may not be accessible from a CDCR computer.)

How to help throughout the state

To donate to a food bank anywhere in the state, get a weight receipt and send it to the statewide food drive coordinator. All receipts for food donations, online financial donations and food-drive runs should be received by Feb. 6, 2017, to be credited toward the agency for the food drive totals. Include the agency or department in your email and send the receipts to

Food banks across California


Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank is holding a holiday food drive. Vons stores are participating. Last year, the Food Bank distributed 22 million pounds of food, and the Food Bank serves, on average, 400,000 people per month in San Diego County. Info: 858-527-1419,

Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 1 billion pounds of food since 1973. It provides food to 320,000 people every month and in 2015 it distributed 52 million meals. Info: (323) 234-3030,

Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County serves 44,000 people in the county every month. Info: (805) 238-4664,


Fresno-area Community Food Bank provides food to 200 agencies in Fresno, Madera, Kings, Kern and Tulare Counties and serves over 280,000 people each month totaling over 38 million pounds of food in 2015. Info: (559) 237-3663 ext. 101,

Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano provides food to more than 190,000 people every month. Info: (925) 676-7543,

Community Action Partnership of Kern Food Bank distributes millions of pounds of food annually to hungry individuals, families, non-profits, churches, community centers, homeless shelters, and poverty-fighting agencies throughout Kern County. Fifty-four percent of those served by the Food Bank are children. Info: (661) 398-4520,

Merced County Food Bank provides food to nearly 17,000 people every month and in 2015 distributed 4.1 million meals, totaling 4.4 million pounds of food. Info: (209) 726-3663,

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County, through a network of more than 200 agencies and programs and over 3,000 volunteers, over 8 million pounds of food are distributed annually to working poor families, children and seniors. Info: (831) 722-7110,


Inter-faith Food Bank of Amador County serves as a focal distribution center with 15 satellite locations throughout the county and supplies an average of 70 families daily with enough food for three to five days. The food bank distributed over 1,204,000 pounds of food in 2015. Info: (209) 267-9006,

Community Assistance Network provides food and clothing to 1,000 people each month in Del Norte County. Info: (707) 464-9190,

El Dorado County Food Bank distributes more than 2 million pounds of food throughout El Dorado County every year. Info: (530) 621-9950,

Community Action Agency of Butte County, through the North State Food Bank, serves an average of 45,000 hungry residents in Butte, Glenn, Colusa, Plumas, Sierra and Tehama counties. Info: (530) 538-7256,

The Fort Bragg Food Bank provides food to 1,600 people every week. Info: (707) 964-9404,

Find more at the California Association of Food Banks,

Thanksgiving food-drive runs

Check with your local food banks and nonprofit agencies to see if they are hosting Thanksgiving runs. This is only a partial list.

Sacramento’s Run to Feed the Hungry, Nov. 24,

Folsom Turkey Trot, Nov. 24,

Turkey Trot at Lake Tabeaud (6 miles east of Jackson), Nov. 24,

San Diego Run for the Hungry, Nov. 24,