On a given Saturday, residents line up to get food assistance from River City Food Bank in Arden Arcade. Though people come for pasta, canned goods and other food, this summer many have walked away with something else: a completed census.
Abdul Basir Ahmadzai, an interpreter and case worker at the International Rescue Committee in Sacramento, has spent hours speaking in Farsi, Dari and other languages in an attempt to convince community members to fill out the census. As one of the only walk-up food banks, River City serves many who don’t own cars, including refugees, one of the hardest to reach communities in census-counting efforts.
Ahmadzai has been working with countless others in a massive effort to get everyone to fill out their census, organized by Sacramento County’s Complete Count Committee. Facing a Sept. 30 deadline, the committee has been working to get as many census submissions as possible.