We sent our 1st weekend food bags home in April 2014 to 30 Cordova Villa Elementary School students. Hubby and I packed the bags in our dining room with the help of our granddaughters, their Mom, and my neighbor's granddaughter. Family and friends helped us with the funds which enabled us to buy the food required to get started. The following school year we were able to send weekend food bags home for over 200 students at Cordova Villa, but we found out we were feeding kids that wanted the food and not necessarily the kids that needed the food. We learned a valuable lesson and found the next school year there were 60 students that needed the food. This allowed us to add two more elementary schools, Williamson Elementary and Rancho Cordova Elementary schools. Since we started through December 2020, we have provided 53,600 hungry free weekends to children in our local communities.
With a lot of help from our community partners over the next several years we were able to add White Rock, Cordova Meadows, Cordova Gardens Elementary schools and two schools in Folsom, Blanche Sprentz and Theodore Judah. We grew to sending home 320 weekend food bags each Friday and then Covid-19 hit us. A few of the schools are not back with us yet which allowed us to add Pasadena Avenue Elementary School which is in the San Juan Unified School District.
Since we started in April 2014 we have provided 53.600 hungry-free weekends to kids right here in Rancho Cordova and again we would have never been able to do this without the help of our communities!
We believe that KIDS HELPING KIDS helps to create kindness and we love using children whenever we can. On top of all the good feels that come from volunteering it can only help to create more kindness which our world can sure use.
From our 1st weekend food bags, that we packed in our livingroom with the help of my grandgirls & my neighbor's granddaughter, we have used kids to help us with our endeavors. The 1st few years we had volunteers come to our foodlocker to help pack the weekly bags but even when we moved packing of the bags to each school kids were packing them Well, that is until Covid hit us! While we couldn't get together to pack bags or have the students do it for us families in Folsom stepped up and packed them for us.
Over the last seven years our junior volunteers show up at every event we have and they do whatever is asked of them. I believe if I did a poll our annual charity golf tournament would be their favorite. We are very thankful to the parents who are instilling in their children the importance of giving back and we love when the entire family shows up to help.
If you are looking for a team builder look no further! Your team can do a food drive to collect the food we will then pack for the kids to take home for the weekend. Our students all receive free breakfast and lunch each school day and come Saturday/Sunday we step up to help the children that have food insecurity issues.
We have done team builders with many local businesses and a grand time was had by all. Plus, they had the wonderful feeling of knowing they are helping kids in need.
Our menu will give you ideas of the types of food we purchase. Please conctact JD at JD@BibSac.org or call 916-213-5595 for more information. We would love to work with your business and it's a HUGE help to BIAB.