The spirit of generosity and community shone brightly this past holiday season as a remarkable food drive, spearheaded by the College and Career Readiness Department at the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), in partnership with PRO Youth and Families, packaged and delivered holiday meals to 105 SCOE students and their families.
"The holiday food drive exemplifies the spirit of compassion and unity within the SCOE community," said Assistant Superintendent Jackie White. “It's a testament to the collective effort, showcasing how generosity can bring positive change to the lives of those facing financial challenges during the holiday season."
One of the standout moments of the holiday food drive was the extraordinary contribution from Arik Armstead, defensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers, showing how his impact in the community extends far beyond the game. The Elk Grove native played a pivotal role by making a generous $3,000 donation through his foundation, Armstead Academic Project. He came through in the clutch to ensure the success of the food drive, which contributed to essential provisions for families in need during the holiday season.
Staff selected students from SCOE schools—El Centro, Nathaniel S. Colley, Elinor Lincoln Hickey, and Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High Schools—along with those in Senior Extension and CARE programs to receive meals before December’s holiday break. SCOE employees and their families rallied together to support the cause by giving time, funds, and food donations.