Joey’s Food Locker is a win-win venture of the Natomas Unified School District. It solicits food from staff and the community, then distributes it monthly through a district-operated food closet run by students in the Adult Transition Program, which teaches basic living skills — such as how to write a check or take a bus — to young adults with mental or physical disabilities. The goal of the transition program is to provide its students with skills they can use to get a job or live independently. Through Joey’s Food Locker, students 18-22 years old learn about customer service, stocking shelves, bagging groceries, food expiration dates, etc. The food distribution began last year and has grown to serve about 170 people per month.
To learn more about the program, please visit: https://natomasunified.org/blog