Volunteer Spotlight: Dorothy Jones

(L to R) Dorothy Jones and Betsy Atkins

(L to R) Dorothy Jones and Betsy Atkins

If you walk into the Orangevale Food Bank on any food distribution day, you’re sure to see a familiar face every time. Volunteer Dorothy Jones, the “detail diva” – a nickname earned for her exceptional record keeping and reporting skills – has been greeting neighbors (community members seeking services and support) since the Food Bank opened in 2011. Dorothy is part of the superstar front office team with fellow registration clerks, Lisa Okomura and Betsy Atkins.

Greeting the community with a warm smile and a full heart is nothing new for Dorothy. Since 2010, Dorothy has also volunteered at the Orangevale Seventh Day Adventist Church Community Services Food and Clothes Closet, performing a similar intake function for our Orangevale neighbors...

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A Season of Gratitude: Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving 2014 Encouragement CardsAt the Orangevale Food Bank, we’re incredibly grateful for our amazing community and volunteers year-round. However, we’re always overwhelmed by the generous contributions of food and outpouring of volunteers during the holiday season, particularly Thanksgiving.

2014 marked our third anniversary of serving Thanksgiving dinner to neighbors in need. In reflecting on past years, it’s remarkable to consider how much the event has significantly increased since 2012. This year, due to the efforts of countless contributions over 100 volunteers, we were able to pack and serve over 300 boxes for families in need in Orangevale and Fair Oaks.

We’d like to extend a special thanks to:

  • Our many Thanksgiving volunteers
  • The generous contributions from our grocery store sponsors (Fair Oaks Trader...
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    Louis Pasteur Tigers Drive Up Donations with Food Drive Program Creativity

    Louis Pasteur Drives Up Donations with Food Drive Program Creativity

    –Contributed by Kaitlyn Berry and Jessica Berry, Orangevale Community Students

    Students of Louis Pasteur, a local middle school in Orangevale, are well known in the community for their volunteerism. To kick off the school year and reinforce that commitment, students have been collecting food to support Orangevale Food Bank’s Adopt-a-Month program*, an activity students have supported for the past several years.

    This year, the Pasteur Student Body implemented creative ways to incentivize participation and drive up donations. To get more students involved in their program, a point system was put in place for competition between the grade levels with special incentives to also involve faculty.

    The student body is almost f...

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    Join Us October 30th for a Cooking Demonstration with Ditch the Drive-Thru

    Ditch-the-Drive-Thru-Logo1We’ve got something exciting happening at the Orangevale Food Bank! Debbi Kennedy of Ditch the Drive Thru is joining us this Thursday, October 30th at 9 a.m. for a cooking demonstration of her Very Veggie Scramble, and to share advice on how to make quick, healthy, affordable meals. And she’s bringing some of her friends along from Good Day Sacramento! Join us for a fun morning learning how to make fresh food fast!

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    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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