Helping feed residents who need healthy meals one bag at a timeBy: Carol Feineman, Editor
Green is Gopal K. Kapur’s favorite color. The Roseville resident often dresses in green – green shoes, green socks and green shirt.
Kapur also named his nonprofit organization, FamilyGreenSurvival, that tries to end local hunger after that color.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Kapur said, reports that one in seven Americans face hunger and millions of families every month are out of food and forced to miss meals. FamilyGreenSurvival was started in 2008 to change those numbers.
Run entirely by volunteers, FamilyGreenSurvival donates nutritious BagOfLife® meals to local food banks and community programs. The BagOfLife® meals, created by FamilyGreenSurvival under the guidance of Sutter Health and Kaiser nutritionists five years ago, feature GrandHotCereal, SoupOfLife, LeanMeanBeanProtein and NuttyQuinoaPilaf.
“So much of the food typically provided to food banks is not nutritious,” Kapur said. “We use ground flax seed, Omega-3, almonds, sunflower seeds, quinoa and lentils.”
The meals don’t contain chemicals, preservatives, colors and additives.
“Our mission is to provide nutritious, delicious and easy to prepare BagOfLife meals to those facing food insecurities and hunger in our community,” Kapur said. “We do this through Placer Food Bank, The Salt Mine, The Gathering Inn, Excel Roseville, Home Start Transitional Home Living and Roseville Police Assistance League.”
FamilyGreenSurvival distributes about 8,000 bags a year, according to Kapur, which are assembled at Katadyn North America Foods, LLC in Rocklin.
That equals about 32,000 meal servings each year.
Now FamilyGreenSurvival wants to double the number of bags produced each year, according to Kapur, because there’s a large number of Placer County underemployed who need help feeding their households.
“Buying food falls through the economic grates for many residents and the nutritional quality of what they eat suffers,” Kapur said. “There’s a direct link to chronic diseases.”
FamilyGreenSurvival is holding an Imaginary Dinner Gala from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Randy Peters Event Center in Roseville. All services are being donated so every dollar raised at the gala will go toward producing and distributing more BagOfLife meals.
“The Salt Mine will greatly appreciate these bags of food,” said The Salt Mine administrator Blake Long. “It will go to help serve hundreds of meals to the homeless, families and elderly in our community.”
Every $1 raised provides two meals, according to Kapur.
Roseville City Council at its July 11 meeting donated $1,500 for the gala.
FamilyGreenSurvival is looking for more sponsors. A $200 sponsorship provides two tickets, a $400 sponsorship provides four tickets and a $600 sponsorship provides six tickets.
For more information on the gala, to buy tickets or to become a sponsor, see familygreensurvival.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.