The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 13, 2009
State workers donating to food drive

State workers in the Sacramento area, in partnership with California Emergency Foodlink, are collecting donations for the annual Food Drive. The effort will continue through January with food collection barrels located in state offices throughout Sacramento.

Foodlink says in this press release that last year California state employees in the Sacramento area donated over 750,000 pounds of food. You might think that furloughs would affect state employee participation this year, but it's been the opposite: More than 200 state departments and agencies are participating, a record.

The food collected during the Food Drive will be distributed by Foodlink to over 120 food closets and agencies throughout the Sacramento area. The organization says it has seen the demand for food assistance in the area rise at least 35 percent in the last year.

Check in with us in mid-December and in January for updates on how much state workers have donated.

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