At the Foodlink Headquarters in Sacramento, the philosophy is simple
one in this state should ever go hungry. That's why every year the company
distributes millions of donated fresh and packaged food to food banks
across the state. Frank Garcia with Foodlink explains, "Through the
Donate-Don't-Dump program, we have a lot of farmers and ranchers that
donate fresh produce, cauliflower, apples, oranges, things like this."
In addition, food industries donate a variety of canned and packaged foods
to help feed low- income people, the homeless and any others in need of
help. But, we discovered that the program not only helps feed the hungry,
it gives others a new lease on life.
Foodlink has a job training program and because of that Ron Kent and Kathryn
Larson are both looking forward to a brighter future. Kathryn explains,
"I needed a full-time job to get off welfare and the forklift training
sounded good to me. I can go back to work full-time and be a forklift
driver and make enough money to live on without the help of welfare."
For years, Ron Kent found himself in a vicious cycle. He would work temporary
jobs and go on and off welfare. Now, Foodlink is helping to stop the cycle
by providing Ron with hands-on job training. Ron says the program has
also helped to boost his self-esteem. He explains, "That's the biggest
thing it has helped. I'm happy to be here and know that I'm going to get
a good job."
The truck driving program at Foodlink is an 18 week course. The first
six weeks are spent in the classroom learning the rules of the road to
become safe drivers. During the next six weeks, students practice the
many maneuvers they'll need to know on the road. The last six weeks involves
an internship program in which the students drive along with professional
Foodlink drivers to deliver goods to the food banks. Student Jack Shrader
says, "It's a wonderful program because we're able to reach out to
those people and it's a good feeling."
For more information about Foodlink, call 1-800-283-9000 or write to:
P.O. Box 292700
Sacramento, CA 95829