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Two clicks is all it takes to help Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services

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Will you make two clicks to help families become more self-sufficient?

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) opened the Education & Technology Center in February 2012. The new facility can now accommodate more families by offering parenting classes, technology workshops and courses that greatly improve a client’s ability to secure employment. Adjacent to the new Education & Technology Center is the 7,600 square foot Demonstration Garden, which produces fresh produce year-round. Items grown in the garden supplement weekly food distributions in the community as well as teach children and adults where food comes from.

The Demonstration Garden was built to help families understand that they can take an active role in improving their health. Many families who receive services from SFBFS struggle with severe health concerns including high cholesterol, childhood obesity and diabetes. Each of these issues can be combated with proper nutrition, so SFBFS changed its food distribution model nearly 5 years ago and began offering an abundance of fresh produce instead of processed foods. Clients were overjoyed to receive such a gorgeous selection of fruits and veggies from local farms, but many were unfamiliar with the items and few knew how to prepare them for family meals. This concern spawned the idea of education-focused gardening and food preparation area. The Demonstration Garden was born.

The Demonstration Garden is thriving and classes covering composting, seed saving and what to do with an abundance of zucchini are filled every week. This summer, clients have harvested bushels of tomatoes, melons, squash, corn, peppers and cucumbers. The next step is to install an outdoor kitchen so families can learn how to prepare the food they grow or the items they receive at a food distribution. The space in the Demonstration Garden is primed and ready to go, all SFBFS needs is your vote!

Rebuilding Together, the nation’s leading nonprofit working to preserve safe and healthy homes, teamed up with Choice Hotel’s Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn hotel owners to help community centers in need through the Rebuilding Dreams project. Rebuilding Together Sacramento has chosen to build an outdoor kitchen at SFBFS. It’s up to America to choose a winner.

Vote for Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services to receive an outdoor kitchen for the Demonstration Garden! Just follow these easy steps:

• Visit http://www.choicehotels.com/rebuildingtogether
• Select the button to the left of SFBFS’ blue logo
• Click the green SUBMIT button at the bottom of the screen

It’s that easy. No form to fill out and the process will take less than 5 seconds. You can only vote once per computer so make sure to vote at work, vote from your computer at home and vote from your smart phone!
Voting runs now through September 14 and the winner will be announced on Sept. 17. For more information about the Rebuilding Dreams contest and to cast your vote, visit www.ChoiceHotels.com/RebuildingTogether. Please cast your vote to make a difference for families in Sacramento!

It’s the best two clicks you’ll make all day.

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