Optimist Club of Sacramento
Annual Christmas Food Basket Deliveries
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 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.
Other sponsors include:
Golden State Beverage
Pacific Coast Furniture Distributors
Sara Lee Bakery Group
Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services
Dave Kirstien, CPA
Capitol Strategies Group
There is a substantial amount of work done by the club members to make this event successful: The warehouse also functions as the distribution point. Baskets (Boxes) are assembled the day before the deliveries with milk arriving the day of delivery to assure freshness. The day of delivery, rain or shine, starts with a lunch for fortification at noon. By 1:00 pm all volunteers converge at the staging warehouse and pick up their deliveries for the families.
In 2015, the warehouse was 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.