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Summer 2020 Update from the Board
Dear Supporters of Sunrise Christian Food Ministry:
Greetings to you during a tumultuous time. SCFM has survived through a roller coaster year. Successful but very challenging times. Through the summer of 2019 into the fall, we were somewhat “normal” as to the number of customers, quantities of food, volunteers, and sufficient funds to cover all the operations. Then came the Thanksgiving season. We started obtaining and distributing turkeys the last week of October. Each day we were purchasing and distributing 100 turkeys. The weekend before Thanksgiving, we obtained 100 chickens and 800 turkeys from the Sacramento Food Bank Turkey drive. We were so thankful to the Lord for having the completed walk-in refrigerator/freezer. All 900 fit well in there. They did not stay long. By Wednesday 800 were distributed. All told, by the week after Thanksgiving we had distributed over 2,200 turkeys.
Throughout this time until February 2020, God had faithfully supplied. Volunteers, supplies, and funds all came with the ability to meet an increasing client base. We were having about 70 – 80 families (about 250 – 300 individuals) on a daily basis. We were networking with all the food closets in Sacramento County – about 225 agencies. We had a close working relationship with about 16 agencies in the Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks, and Orangevale area. We were sharing food supplies and operating processes to meet the food insecurity needs in our community.
But then came February / March 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic shut down. We were impacted severely by the rules and regulations that were directed to all. In Sacramento county, the 225 emergency food distribution agencies dropped to 24 Essential Agencies, of which we are one of them. Our regular volunteer base, being older people, was classified as at risk and had to stay away. We went through two weeks wondering what to do and even if we could stay open. After much prayer, God answered by having us work with Hands on Sacramento, an online volunteer agency, and several churches who had teams of volunteers. We now had enough people to keep going. Another issue came up and that was the food supply chain was broken and we were unable to buy our mass supplies from the grocery stores.
Once again, God had an answer. Sacramento Food Bank, with contracts with farms and the US Dept of Agriculture, was able to receive increased quantities of food. Now instead of supplying to 225 agencies, they focused in supplying the 24 essential agencies. Our increased needs were now being met. Our client base has been increasing to 100 – 120 families (350 – 500 individuals) daily. This increase requires considerably more supplies and manpower to handle it.
Another result of the Covid-19 is our method of food handling and distribution. No longer are clients allowed to stand in lines outside the building and then come in to register. We have changed to a process of prepacking all the food supplies and set up a “no contact” distribution. We are using the lower parking lot for a check in/registration station. People stay in their vehicles during the complete process. After checking in they proceed up the hill to the food closet. All the boxes and bags of produce and bread are now located outside. We load the food into the vehicles, and they turn around and drive out.
Precautionary procedures are utilized before, during, and after distribution to minimize contamination and to promote self-protection against the spread of any viruses. All our volunteers are monitored daily with a no contact temperature check. Cleaning and sanitizing protocols are implemented daily. Wearing masks is required (and thanks to all of you who made masks when they were unavailable). An outdoor wash station has been set up to augment frequent hand washing. Gloves are worn for most activities. Social distancing is practiced. And procedures have been put in place to monitor all locations we pick up food and supplies.
Our next opportunities are coming up. We know the community is hurting without employment and it will not turn around quickly. We have been told to expect the needs to keep increasing and lasting through the rest of the year. Besides needing additional supplies, when employers can open again, our volunteer base will again be shifting. Already, we have had notices from a dozen people they are being called back to work. Volunteering can be 1 or 2 days a week, 1 or 2 days a month, or on a standby substitute list. You can even form your own team of folks and have your own day of the month. If interested and available, please call Vera, our Volunteer Coordinator, at (916) 955-5156.
Our praises and prayers:
  • Praise for Gods abundant grace in supplying all our needs. Especially those churches having drive-through food drives
  • Praise for Advent Lutheran Church for hosting the food closet even while their campus remains closed
  • Praise for support and encouragement from all supporters
  • Pray for continued donations of product and finances
  • Pray for strength, health, and additional volunteers
  • Fast and pray before the Lord for protection of all against the COVID-19 outbreak.
Thank you
May the God of Provision and Hope continue to richly bless you with mercy and grace for your continual prayers and support.
The Board
Sunrise Christian Food Ministry
 
 
Spring/Summer Updates 2020 From a Volunteer
 
Friends and Supporters!
 
As an essential service we are still open during the Covid-19 crisis. We know that our community needs us now more than ever and we are honored to serve youd uring these difficult times. In order to keep our clients and volunteers safe we have instituted a new method of food distrivution where you drive thru and pick up your food in your car. We'd like to thank all of our volunteers and donators who have helped us stay afloat and serve over 1,000 new individuals since March. A special thanks to all the wonderful DIY-ers out there who provided us with hand-sewn masks! And we'd also like to thank Dominos on Auburn for that great pizza lunch. Nothing we do could be possible without the help of our community. Stay safe folks!
 
 

Amy

volunteer, social media manager, lover of ruffles
 
Spring 2019


Friends and Supporters of Sunrise Christian Food Ministry:

Great news-

Halleluiah the Lord has risen. We serve a living God. Jehovah-Jireh – The Lord will provide. Elohim – The all powerful creator.

Wonderful news–

We have COMPLETED our Walk-in Cooler/Freezer Project. We have persevered for 3 ½ years to bring the vision to completion. This started in the summer of 2015, when the Deacon Board at Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church asked what a dream was for us. We answered to convert a storage room into a cooler/freezer. Then God surprised us when they came back in the fall with a large check for 1/3 of the expected cost. At that time the vision was cast and we put together a team to see what to do.

From the beginning, we had Norm Covell – Project Manager, Doug Asche – Civil Engineer, Wes Witt – Architect, Bob Hart – Contractor, and Pat Green – Refrigeration Contractor, and Bob Mathews – Advent Church representative. As we investigated the feasibility of changing a room it became quite obvious the physical and engineering challenges would be over powering. It was asked why we were not building a stand-alone unit. Advent Church agreed the property outside the food closet could be used. So the vision grew. Plans were created and estimates of equipment made. Then it was discovered there was not enough electrical power coming into the site. So the next 18 months were spent working with SMUD and others on what to do.

We hired Neil McInsac of Capitol Electric and he came in and worked out all the issues with SMUD and began to rewire the building and load centers we needed for the Project. Electrical needs were completed in fall of 2017.

Then the next challenge was building the insulated foundations. Contractors were extremely busy with all the construction going on in northern California due to wild fires and other losses. We hired Dave Christman and Spanda Industries. They were able to come in the spring of 2018 and did all the excavating and pouring the special foundations.

Finally we were ready to order the actual box units. They were delivered to the site in December 2018. Erection, wiring, mechanical connections, and floor sealing was completed. And then, Praise the Lord, final inspection and approval was made in April 2019.

What a road we took to see the vision come to completion. God was in it all the time. He grew our ability to have humility, patience, trust and walk with Him. From what we thought was to be $20,000 – 30,000 and 4 months of time grew to over $100,000 and 3 ½ years. But God has worked miracle after miracle. Through the generosity of all of you, all of the costs (always increasing through the years) have been met. Each of the contractors have given discounts to the contracts. And all the concrete (excess of 34 yards) was donated by Teichert Ready Mix Company.

To celebrate the completion of the Project, we are having an Open House and Dedication on Saturday May 4, 2019. Hours will be from 10:30 – 12:00. All are invited to come and see what, where, why and how we do the ministry of your food closet.

Regular news-

2019 has continued being a year of growth of clients. We are now serving between 60 – 90 families every day. That represents about 240 individuals. We provide 5 days of food per person which is about 10 pounds. So every day we are handing out over 2400 pounds of food. Again, we are blessed to have all this provided. .

We continue needing volunteers. Volunteering can be 1 or 2 days a week, 1 or 2 days a month, or on a standby substitute list. You can even form your own team of folks and have your own day of the month. If interested and available, please call Judy, our Schedule Coordinator, at (916) 204-8610 or stop on by the food closet to see what is needed

Our praises and prayers:

  • Praise for Gods abundant grace in supplying all the needs for the cooler/freezer project
  • Prayer for Open House / Dedication on 5/4/19
  • Praise for support and encouragement from all supporters
  • Pray for continued donations of product and finances
  • Pray for strength, health, and additional volunteers.

Thank you

May the God of Provision and Hope continue to richly bless you for your continued prayers and support.

The Board

Sunrise Christian Food Ministry