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March: CEO Message - Dr. Leonard O. Hansen Ph.D

Spring brings renewal this year in many ways as we work our way out of the Pandemic Year. Here at the Food Bank we are busy with food donations, sorting and distribution - plentiful donations as of lately. The National Guard has been coming to the front of our line to mange the "Touchless Tailgate" distribution, emptying the full bins of donated food that Jimmy and his crew always have ready. We are fortunate to have the National Guard members here at the Emergency Food Bank. The current term will run through September 30 of this year, 2021. Our NCCC AmeriCorps VISTA group of 9 hardworking  members has moved on this week to another assignment, so we're sparsely populated the last few days. We have made several moves within the City and many of the Churches and Agencies we know to find housing for the incoming Third Group of NCCC. Peter Ragsdale of the Housing Authority confirmed that we may have housing within the City, a meeting is scheduled to complete those arrangements.  We also had a truckload of pallets from Trader ...

February: CEO Message - Dr. Leonard O. Hansen Ph.D.

The EFB created a new food distribution path in the last few weeks, placing a Pop-Up Pantry in a charted Homeless Encampment each Wednesday. We are working in partnership with United Way and the CARES Act to reach out with non-perishable, easy-to-use food for homeless clients in Stockton. View the video by clicking this link to see one of the Pop-Up Pantries, serving about 175 clients. In 2021, the EFB is the operational and educational partner for Abbott Fund and the Public Health Institute. This 6-month project will provide food boxes, food menus and nutrition education through online ZOOM instruction to 400 residents with diabetes in two Stockton neighborhoods. The project includes referrals from Community Medical Centers, El Concilio and Dr. Kwabena Adubofour’s clinic. Alex Marapao and Emily Simpson, our Nutrition Educators are deeply involved and excited to be a central part in the creation and execution of this project. There is resolve on Abbott Fund’s part to move the Project into 2022, expanding the reach to 1,000 residents. The COVID-19 Pandemic continues to challenge the EFB with a greater demand for food distribution. As we are creating ...

Calling All Volunteers

Give the gift of your time, talents, and skills as an Emergency Food Bank volunteer and have a direct impact on the front lines of hunger. Volunteering is a great way to make friends, learn something new and have fun while fighting hunger in our community. Organize a group of family, friends or co-workers and dedicate a morning to making difference. Give us a call to learn more or go straight to completing our volunteer form located on our Volunteer Page to set a date to join us at our Food Pantry.

Run Against Hunger T-Shirts are In!

GREAT NEWS!  For our 2019 Run Against Hunger participants that did not receive their shirts - run shirts are now available for pick up at Fleet Feet Stockton in Lincoln Center thru March 1st during store hours.  If you do not live in the area, please contact the Emergency Food Bank at 209.464.7369

Turkey Brigade Brings 660 Turkeys to the Emergency Food Bank

STOCKTON — Motorists surprised to encounter a convoy of police and fire vehicles driving the streets of Stockton on Wednesday morning need not have been alarmed. Dozens of Stockton police officers, firefighters and Food 4 Less/Rancho San Miguel employees took part in the 24th annual Turkey Brigade to help the Emergency Food Bank Stockton/San Joaquin. The officers and firefighters collected 660 turkeys at the Hammer Lane Food 4 Less in north Stockton and delivered them to the Emergency Food Bank in downtown Stockton. The vehicles included a vintage fire engine, police motorcycles, patrol cars and a paddy wagon. The turkeys will be given away as part of the makings of a Christmas holiday meal from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday at the food bank, 7 W. Scotts Ave., Stockton. “I pulled up for the Turkey Brigade and I could not believe how many law enforcement officers and firefighters were there,” said Mary Ann Lucero, chief executive officer of the Emergency Food Bank. “It’s beyond a substantial donation. Words can’t describe how large a donation it is.” The Stockton Police Officers Association contributed ...

New Emergency Food Bank Interim CEO - Gillian Murphy

Emergency Food Bank (EFB) Board of Directors President Susanne St. Clair is pleased to announce that Gillian Murphy will serve as the Interim Chief Executive Officer.  “As a former dean at San Joaquin Delta College, and director of the Small Business Development Center, Gillian brings a wealth of management experience and interaction with local businesses and nonprofits to the EFB. Most significantly, she and her husband, Gary Putnam, have more than 30 years of involvement with the EFB, as supporters and donors. She believes whole heartedly in the mission of the food bank and its place in our community,” St. Clair said. "I wasn't looking for work.  The Food Bank is one of the reasons why I would temporarily come out of retirement and I'm honored to assist staff and the Board in carrying on the good work,” Gillian commented. Gillian has received countless awards and recognition from local organizations for her advocacy work in our community including winner of the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Athena Award. This year, the Emergency Food Bank is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in serving ...

Mike Donaghy, Stockton Emergency Food Bank Executive Director, passes away

It is with a sad heart that we announce the passing away of Mike Donaghy, Emergency Food Bank of Stockton/ San Joaquin Executive Director. The entire Board of Directors and staff send our heartfelt thoughts to his wife Debbie and son Justin, and the extended Donaghy family. Brian Heck, Board President said “Mike was extremely instrumental in helping set the course for continued success of the food bank in serving those in need of our community. He did it with class and professionalism that has been long admired in whatever he did. We will sorely miss him and his wonderful spirit.” Mike helped improve and grow many of the food bank programs including the recent Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday food box distribution, the Thanksgiving Run Against Hunger, Mobile Farmers Market, the student backpack giveaway, just to name a few. He worked tirelessly with donors to update equipment and operations efficiencies. He helped guide creative solutions that engaged the community in rewarding ways. The Board and staff will continue the wonderful work that was near and dear to Mike. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be ...

Stuff the Bus Food Drive Collects Thanksgiving Meals for Over 2,000 Families

http://fox40.com/2017/11/19/stuff-the-bus-food-drive-collects-thanksgiving-meals-for-over-2000-families/ STOCKTON -- The San Joaquin Regional Transit District worked in partnership with the Stockton Emergency Food Bank Sunday at Food 4 Less on Hammer Lane to gather turkeys and other non-perishable food items for their annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway. The San Joaquin RTD has sponsored Stuff the Bus since 1999. Since then, they have collected over 315,000 pounds of food through the event. The Stockton Emergency Food Bank is set to serve over 2,000 families with Thanksgiving meals this upcoming Monday. Last Monday, the food bank only had about 50 turkeys, but through the help of local businesses and community members they were able to reach their goal.