Eagle Scout Demonstrates Leadership and Community Goodwill with Planter Box Project

cooper lamb eagle projectThis summer, Eagle Scout Cooper Lamb took on a worthy project to help build beautiful new planter boxes to grow more vegetables for neighbors at the Orangevale Food Bank. Over the past two years, a lot of progress has been made on the Food Bank’s community garden, but structured areas to grow more vegetables have been needed. Thanks to Cooper’s leadership and sponsors, Green Valley Nursery and Penryn Lumber, a team of volunteers built the boxes, complete with a the drip line, under the supervision of OVFB’s resident Facilities and Maintenance Lead, Dwight Sparks.

“The project was a great learning experience for me, personally, and I appreciated the opportunity to demonstrate leadership in managing the project,” said Cooper...

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Collaborating for a Cause: Orangevale Food Bank and AboutKidz

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If there’s one thing that frames the mission of the Orangevale Food Bank, it’s our commitment to community. Really, it’s the sole purpose we’re here. We’re fortunate to not only have an amazing community to serve and volunteer alongside, but also a fantastic community of partners and organizations to collaborate with and support. One of those fantastic organizations is a local non-profit, AboutKidz, which exists to create equal opportunities for kids to achieve by meeting practical needs for the underprivileged children of our surrounding communities. Now in its seventh year, AboutKidz serves children in our local community in a number of ways, one of which is First Day, a community driven outreach event to assist families in ob...

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Community Partner Spotlight: Orangevale Open K-8 School

Community Partner Spotlight: Orangevale Open K-8 School

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The kids at Orangevale Open embody their school’s mission: learning by doing. And they do some pretty amazing things, including continuing their support of an important program at the Orangevale Food Bank: Adopt-a-Month*. With the Adopt-a-Month program, local organizations – often schools, churches or businesses – commit to holding a food drive for the month to collect non-perishable food items for the Food Bank. With a significant portion of donations coming from these drives along with store drives, the support received from the community under this program is critical to sustaining our food supply.

This past spring, Orangevale Open (OVO), a third-year sponsor, provided generous donations...

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Event: OVFB Cooking Demonstration

OVFB Cooking Demonstration

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Last month, the Orangevale Food Bank took part in Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day, a global campaign promote cooking skills, celebrating the importance of cooking good food from scratch and instilling healthy eating habits. To support the campaign, one of the Food Bank’s volunteers, Steve Williams — restaurant veteran and owner of JC’s Lunchbox, a new, local catering service — offered an onsite cooking demonstration. Several neighbors came out to the event where they learned to prepare a dish (Garlic-Lemon Chicken with Sautéed Summer Vegetables – recipe below) with ingredients on hand at the Food Bank. Steve has kindly offered to conduct another cooking demonstration this Thursday, June 12 from 10:30 a.m...

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Pow Wow Days Weekend and Serve Day 2014

Pow Wow Days Weekend and Serve Day 2014

Orangevale’s annual town fair, Pow Wow Days, and Bayside’s Annual Serve Day, collectively provide an opportunity to bring people together to do amazing things at the Orangevale Food Bank. With a band of volunteers from Bayside Church and several other local churches, we were able to complete a number of projects that serve not only to improve the appearance of the Food Bank, but to make it an inviting, welcoming place to those who volunteer, the neighbors we serve, and our community.

We had an ambitious list of projects, but thanks to our amazing volunteers, we were able to accomplish so much together, including:

  • Pancake breakfast served over 250 peopleServe Day Volunteers
  • Participated in the Pow Wow Days parade
  • Collected over 2,000 pounds of food at Walmart, Safe...
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