Community Involvement, COVID-19

When food bank needs help, CSP-Sacramento and Folsom prison staff answer the call

Five people stand behind a table full of food donations.
From left are Medical CEO Brittany Brizendine, Folsom Mayor Sarah Aquino, CSP-SAC Chief Deputy Warden Gena Jones, FSP Warden Rick Hill, and Correctional Counselor Monica Carrillo.

By Lt. Tony Quinn and Lt. Ernie Valencia

When staff at California State Prison, Sacramento (SAC), and Folsom State Prison (FSP) heard of the dire need for donations to the local food bank, they quickly responded.

During CDCR’s weekly conference call with the City of Folsom, Chief Deputy Warden Jones, FSP Warden Rick Hill, FSP Lt. Ernie Valencia and Lt. Tony Quinn heard a report from City Manager Elaine Anderson about a shortage at Twin Lakes Food Bank. The food bank is a nonprofit charitable organization serving residents in need.

Lt. Quinn and Lt. Valencia sent out a call for assistance to all staff. With the approval of Wardens Jeff Lynch (SAC) and Hill, they set up an impromptu food drive.  

The Sac/FSP Fallen Officers Resource Fund led the charge by donating $500 in non-perishable food items. Not to be outdone, SAC and FSP staff pulled together and through quick action and generosity, donated nearly 1,000 pounds of food in five days.

Folsom Mayor Sarah Aquino stopped by to personally thank the staff for their generosity.

“CSP-Sacramento and FSP are proud of the women and men who make our prisons great. We are equally proud of our commitment to our local community and the people we serve. Special thanks to the Twin Lakes Food Bank for allowing our staff to play a small role in serving our community,” wrote prison staff organizers.