CA DCSS Doubles Donation Goal as Annual Food Drive Finishes with Sweet Ending

By: Kayleen Carter, CA DCSS

The California Department of Child Support Services (CA DCSS) doubled its original donation goal of 10,000 pounds only two months into the 2018 Food Drive that began in November 2018. By February 2019, CA DCSS closed out the year with 20,049 pounds worth of donations to benefit the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services Annual Food Drive.

After it was clear that meeting our original donation goal would not be a problem, CA DCSS Director David Kilgore challenged staff to double the original goal of 10,000 pounds to 20,000 pounds before the end of the 2018-2019 Food Drive.

On February 6th, CA DCSS staff had their last chance to reach the new goal by purchasing baked goods from the department’s final fundraising event, the Cookie Crawl, where one cookie sold for one dollar and a dozen cookies sold for eight dollars.

Congratulations to CA DCSS Assistant Director of Communications Dana Simas, who earned the top baker award for her tasty, cheesecake-stuffed chocolate chip cookies! Top honors also went to Child Support Services Division (CSSD) Associate Governmental Program Analyst Pamela Kitani who took second place for her carrot cake mini muffins, and Research Program Specialist I David Koostra who came in third with his snickerdoodle cookies. This event was a real “sweet” treat!

The Cookie Crawl event earned donations worth 907 pounds, combined with the previous total of 19,625 pounds collected from other events, 298 pounds of actual food donations, and 125 pounds accrued through online cash donations, the final donation amount came to 20,049 pounds. Great teamwork, CA DCSS!
Sultana Blair, CSSD Staff Services Manager I at CA DCSS and Coordinator for the 2018-2019 Food Drive, attributed this year’s amazing show of staff participation to a wide variety of events—such as Pie the Executive, the Crock Pot Cook Off and the Silent Auctions—that staff could choose from, and a solid show of support from the CA DCSS Executive team.

Recognition also goes to CSSD team members David Koostra, Melany Ely, Irina Rodriguez, Kyla Kuryllo, Shelly Osuna, Kimberly-Cox Trull and Paul Brizzi for their hard work and effort coordinating the Food Drive events this year. Hopefully, CA DCSS will set the bar even higher for the 2019-2020 Food Drive event!