Food Bank to Receive $4 million in State Funds

Press Release

Press Release - Elk Grove Food Bank to Receive $4 million in State Funds

Posted: 06/13/2019

Jim Cooper

For Immediate Release
June 13, 2019
Contact: Skyler Wonnacott
(916) 319-2009

(Pending approval of Governor Gavin Newsom)

Sacramento – Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration, applauds the Legislature for passing the state budget, which includes funding that Cooper spearheaded to help Elk Grove’s cherished Food Bank Services expand and find a permanent home.

“I am very encouraged by this year’s budget and am especially proud of the investments the Legislature passed to support Elk Grove and am hopeful Governor Newsom will also support this investment,” said Assemblymember Jim Cooper. “Funding to relocate the Elk Grove Food Bank to a larger and more accessible location is vital to families struggling with hunger and to the homeless in our area,” added Cooper.

Elk Grove Food Bank has served food insecure Elk Grove residents since 1974, growing from one program to 16 programs. Currently, more than 800 volunteers distribute food to over 5,700 people each month, including families, seniors, persons with disabilities, and the homeless.

“This is a dream come true for our organization. I cannot express how grateful we are to Assemblymember Cooper and the City of the Elk Grove for this tremendous gift. This funding will make a profound difference in our ability to fill the need and inspire hope for so many people in our community,” said Elk Grove Food Bank Executive Director, Marie Jachino.

The Food Bank’s current location on Dino Drive doesn’t offer enough space for special food distributions or for programming aimed at lifting people out of poverty; as a result, several programs are located off-site.

“The City is grateful to Assemblymember Cooper for his continuing commitment to Elk Grove and its people. The Elk Grove Food Bank serves a critically important role for thousands of men, women and children in our community every month. This funding, coupled with the ongoing support provided by the City and other local organizations, will go a long way toward establishing a permanent facility to serve those in Elk Grove who need these services the most,” said Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly.

Governor Gavin Newsom has until June 30, 2019, to sign California’s 2019-2020 State Budget, which includes $4 million in a one-time payment to Elk Grove Food Bank Services to find a permanent home.

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Assemblymember Cooper represents the Cities of Sacramento, Elk Grove, Galt, and Lodi.

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