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This past month, while our Food Bank truck (which is used daily for picking up food donations from all over town) was in the shop for routine maintenance, the mechanics found some unexpected issues that needed immediate repairs. Problems within the transmission were found and the ram drive was not operating. These repairs needed to be done right away…

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Garden Fresh

The vegetable gardens at the Orangevale-Fair Oaks Food Bank are producing amazing crops this year. With the help of the great green thumbed gardeners Dwight, Nora, Eric and Ayinde, the gardens were weeded, watered, fertilized, given lots of love and are producing an abundance of healthy vegetables and fruits. The volunteers have harvested zucchini, squash, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, apples,…

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Volunteer Spotlight – Nancy Luse

It is the dedication of outstanding volunteers that keep the Food Bank running efficiently.  One such volunteer is Nancy Luse. Nancy has been with the Food Bank since opening day in January of 2012. She came to serve others in the community by volunteering her time after becoming an “empty nester” and no longer needing to be a stay…

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Fair Oaks 40th Honorary Mayor Race

Keith Wright, Assistant Director of the Orangevale-Fair Oaks Food Bank, is currently in the beginning stages of his run for Honorary Mayor of Fair Oaks.  The candidate who raises the most money by hosting fundraising events from April 1st to September 1st determines the outcome of the election for mayor. Each dollar raised counts as one vote. The proceeds…

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Trader Joes Contributes

Three days a week, the Orangevale-Fair Oaks Food Bank truck collects a variety of foods from Trader Joe’s on Sunrise Boulevard and Madison Avenue.  The Food Bank receives dairy products, produce, bakery items, meats, salads, ready to serve meals, deli items and occasionally some lovely flowers. Trader Joe’s generously donates an abundance of food each month our dedicated volunteers…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Dwight Sparks

If you have ever visited the Orangevale Food Bank you have more than likely seen the smiling face of Dwight Sparks. He has volunteered at the food bank from almost its very beginning in a variety of positions. Having heard the call from God to “get off the couch and give back,” Dwight started by sorting food and weeding…

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Support From Our Local Raley’s

There’s more than one reason the Orangevale Food Bank is blessed by the generosity of our community. More like 5,200 reasons! Through the Food For Families holiday “Buy a Bag” campaign, Raley’s employees at the Madison and Hazel store enthusiastically encouraged shoppers to participate in this event that contributed approximately 60 thousand pounds of food to the food bank….

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February is Heart Health Month

February is Heart Health Month.  The food bank helps our community make heart healthy choices by providing a wide variety of fresh food options along with non-perishable items. Leafy greens are a great source of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which contribute to heart health.  Whole wheat pasta, breads and crackers have more fiber than white flour and is…

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Annual Chamber Mixer & 2018 Volunteers of the Year

The Annual Chamber Mixer held at the Orangevale Food Bank included an evening of fellowship, celebration, great food and a little something new. Members of the Orangevale and Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce gathered together in their first joint event. Both Chambers shared with all their upcoming events being held in their communities. Brad Squires, Founder and President of…

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