The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

February 9, 2010
State employees donate pounds and pounds of food

Despite furloughs that have knocked down their pay 14 percent, state workers collected 770,000 pounds of food from November through January for the annual Food Drive.

Last year state workers collected 758,000 pounds. The donations go to California Emergency Foodlink, which is passing the goods on to more than 120 Sacramento-area food closets, where demand for food assistance is up at least 35 percent in the last year.

"The California State Employees yet again proved what an extremely generous group they are," Foodlink President and CEO John Healey said in a press release that announced the donation total. "We are incredibly thankful for their continued support in the fight against hunger."

Click here to read the Foodlink press release.

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