Christmas Food Baskets

Optimist Club of Sacramento

Annual Christmas Food Basket Deliveries

2018 Dates:

12-20-2018 food basket assembly

12-21-2018 food basket delivery

Optimist Club of Sacramento will hold its 36th Annual Christmas Food Basket delivery in December. 200 families with children will receive a bounty of nutritious food to celebrate Christmas. Once again, Expon Exhibits will donate the warehouse space need to fulfill a very big task.

Donations and volunteers are always welcome.

The warehouse is donated by Cris Winther and Expon Exhibits. thank you Cris, Gene and Carl!

For more information, please contact us by email.

For more than 35 years, Sacramento Optimist Club, Inc. has been presenting 200 needy families with children in the area nutritious food baskets for Christmas.

This annual charity project was started by Sacramento Optimist Member Gary Markofer and his wife Patty. Charities whose families which have benefitted include: Western Service Workers Association, the Green House, St. Vincent de Paul and Saint John’s Program for Real Change. The food is donated from local companies, organizations and fellow Optimist Club Members. This includes frozen turkeys, milk, bread and non perishable canned goods.

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services has been instrumental in donating the turkeys and canned goods.


Other sponsors include:

There is a substantial amount of work done by the club members and volunteers to make this event successful: The warehouse also functions as the distribution point. Baskets (Boxes) will be assembled December 20th beginning at 9:00 am until all 200 are packed with the food. Milk arrives the day of delivery to assure freshness. The day of delivery will be Friday, December 21st beginning at 9:00 am. Volunteer drivers will pick up routing papers with the corresponding food baskets to deliver. All deliveries are within Sacramento County

Since 2015, the warehouse has been donated by Expon Exhibits in Sacramento. Past locations include Capitol Office Furniture and Commerce Printing.

Donations and volunteers are always welcome. If you would like to know more about this annual charity project, please contact the club.