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 – POSTPONED

OVFB Cooking Demonstration: POSTPONED

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**NOTE: This event has been postponed, but will be rescheduled soon! Stay tuned.**

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 demo...

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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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Orangevale Food Bank Celebrates Food Revolution Day 2014

We’re Celebrating Food Revolution Day 2014

Thursday, May 15 from 10 a.m.-Noon

frd_webOur basic mission is simple: positively impact in the communities we serve by providing basic food and resources to families in need. Beyond that basic mission, we also strive to improve the lives of families in a number of other ways, such as promoting healthy eating habits. And while we receive very generous and much needed donations of non-perishable items, those items alone do not provide the ingredients for balanced meals for families. Fortunately, we have fantastic community partners such as Walmart, Savemart, and Safeway that also supplement our food supply with fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats, and other items.

With access to fresh ingredients and our very own resident chef, we will be hosting cooki...

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Community Partner Spotlight – Walmart

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Many people recognize Walmart as a low price leader, “saving people money so they can live better.” However, what people may not be aware of is that significant piece of Walmart’s value proposition is their commitment to community, leveraging their size and scale to contribute financially and through volunteerism. In 2012 alone, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $1 billion in cash and in-kind contributions around the world, and employees of Walmart and its companies volunteered 2.2 million hours, generating $18 million to U.S. nonprofits.  One of those benefiting nonprofits is the Orangevale Food Bank.

At the Orangevale Food Bank, the idea of “living better” resonates with us and is integral to our mission...

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