This last Wednesday, Open Sky Markets was able to touch base with two remarkable women from Sacramento Food Bank. Pictured above is executive Elise Hawkins of Sacramento Family Food Bank & Family Services. Holding one of the heavy squashes that minutes later put the day’s food receipts over a quarter million pounds, Elise celebrates the new daily total of donations reflecting a Guinness world record. In addition, this reporter was able to reach out with a “big howdy” to the intrepid Snra. Lorena Carranza who had just come in from the field to her office at the large Bell Avenue warehouse. Carranza is tasked with making sure the bounty of produce is received and appreciated by Sacramento families who most need a nutritious boost on a “journey to self-sufficiency.”
The work of these two women demonstrate that “hunger does not take a holiday,” as expressed by Hawkins. Even during the celebrations which stretched throughout the day, Carranza (the other half of the wonderful equation) was making sure that business was operating as usual and that qualifying families and individuals were being contacted and registered.