What began as an idea with a classmate for a Thanksgiving community event in 2013, has evolved into a city wide initiative to provide care and awareness for the homeless population in Sacramento. Feed Sacramento Homeless has flourished into a successful, heartfelt, outpouring of humanity feeding and clothing over eleven thousand homeless Sacramento residents for half of a decade. Food, clothing, toys, hygiene products, sleeping bags, and even prom sponsorships have been distributed as a means of resource, and more importantly a gesture of validation amongst those who have been displaced within the community.
Surprising to most, Founder and President Bobbie Wooten has made this possible with absolutely no government funding. So how does she do it? Social media. Wooten’s non-profit organization (complete with volunteers and board members) have utilized Facebook as an interactive outreach to get others involved in fulfilling their mission. “People are homeless for different reasons.” says Wooten “It’s not always about drugs. It’s not always about mental health. We have people hiking the rent up when we are on fixed incomes.”
Bobbie Wooten, Founder/President of Feed Sacramento Homeless
Prior to the conception of Feed Sacramento Homeless, Wooten, states that she always had a heart to serve and describes her efforts as her divine purpose in life. “When I really had a conversation with God, He said Bobbie, this is your purpose. This is what you’re here for; is to serve people in the community.” she states. “Our main thing is to provide a healthy hearty meal for those at least once a month in the community that needs it.”
“People are homeless for different reasons. It’s not always about drugs. It’s not always about mental health. We have people hiking the rent up when we are on fixed incomes.”
-Feed Sacramento Homeless President Bobbie Wooten
Wooten reflects on the organization while it was still in its infancy. “Feed Sacramento Homeless started one day a classmate of mine; we were studying for a final around the holidays and we were both talking about how we wanted to do something nice for those in the community who didn’t have anywhere to go for the holiday.”
“We were able to get about twenty volunteers and we fed almost one hundred people and all I did was create a page on Facebook. So with it being so successful and me asking what my purpose in life, that’s how it became. We now feed once a month. Feed Sacramento Homeless provides mobile resources for the homeless and less fortunate. Our main thing is to provide a healthy hearty meal; at least once a month. Not just soup and sandwiches. Food that you would feed your family every day. We want people to know they are validated. They are worth something.”
“We’ve fed over eleven thousand people in five years. We’ve provided toys for at least four hundred children in Sacramento. We do fundraisers as well. Our goal is to be able to give those in the community, whatever they need or whatever we can provide without any stress or going through any red tape. That’s our main focus. Our Fashion and Hair show Battle fundraiser which is August 11this at the Rancho Cordova City Hall. This is going to be our biggest fundraisers yet to come. We have Freeze from 103.5, he’ll be a host. We have Terry Moore who’s a spoken word artist. We have performances by Kast Dance Academy; they are a professional dance company that travels around, in addition to eight different designers. We have celebrity judges that we can’t wait for you guys to see. Everything we do is off of Facebook. So please go on Facebook ‘Feed Sacramento Homeless’, like our page, and see what we’ve been doing in the community for five years.”
Kast Dance Academy
When asked about the choice to integrate her non-profit with the fashion world, Wooten explains. “In our last talent show fundraiser, we said ‘let’s add some models to it’. We were able to come up with about eight models in about two to three weeks and on a whim we provided a talent show with some fashion and it was a success. People totally loved it and we decided as an organization why not just focus on fashion and hair and see what that arena is like.
“This is going to be our biggest fundraisers yet to come. We have Freeze from 103.5; he’ll be a host. We have Terry Moore who’s a spoken word artist. We have performances by Kast Dance Academy; they are a professional dance company that travels around, in addition to eight different designers. We have celebrity judges that we can’t wait for you guys to see.”
And they did. Feed Sacramento Homeless is gearing up for their “Hot August Nights: Fashion & Hair Show Battle Fundraiser” this Saturday, using 100% of the proceeds to grow and continue their mission of overcoming hunger, strengthening families, and building their community.
Members of their organization also chimed in about what the organization means to them and the importance of the upcoming fundraiser show. “It’s always been something in my heart…we all need to stand out and help each other.” says Latricia Macedon. “All of our proceeds and everything that we are working hard for will go to what we’re trying to do for the homeless.”
Carizma Davis emphasizes “This is our first fashion show and it’s a fundraiser. Yes bring multiple talent, but also raising [money] for the community and bringing awareness again. It’s a big event”.
Wooten’s daughter Shawnte Wash is also a very instrumental part of the organizations efforts as she works hands on by her mother’s side to continue the organization’s legacy. “It means the world to me. I love it. I can’t wait to take over from my mom one day. So yes. It means the world to me.”
Hot August Night’s Fashion & Hair Show Battle Fundraiser will take place Saturday August 11thfrom 4:00pm – 7:00pm Designers in attendance include:
- Benedicta Udokporo Benson – Teezas Creations
- Ro Kendawls Brand – Kendall Lang
- Bmariecustoms – Brittany James
- Flash Gang Apparel – Flash Gang Music Firm
- Hair by Trish – Trish
- RoyalT Fashiion – TA’Jay’Du’Pree
- Divine DiZion – Allyne Rene’
- Olivia Armstead – JTL Productions