Category Archives: Food Access

Silicon Valley Needs Farmers Too – Farm to Food Bank Month Spotlight

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is centered in one of America’s wealthiest regions. But as the cost of living soars, nutritious food has become a luxury for the nearly 250,000 people who depend on … Continue reading

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USDA launches new “Healthy Eating on a Budget” section of ChooseMyPlate.gov site

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has unveiled Healthy Eating on a Budget – the newest addition to ChooseMyPlate.gov. Consumers continue to want more information about how to make better eating decisions with limited resources. To meet this need, the USDA’s … Continue reading

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State Drought Relief Program to Provide Food to Hard-Hit Communities – from the California Department of Social Services

As extreme drought continues to grip much of the state, the California Department of Social Services has announced that food banks in 24 drought-affected counties will be receiving shipments of food assistance. The first $5.1 million in food assistance will begin to hit … Continue reading

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California food banks to benefit from California Grown promotion

California’s agricultural community has long been a champion of our state’s food banks. The folks over at California Grown have taken a thoroughly modern approach to supporting California food banks: snap a “selfie” and they’ll donate a pound of food. … Continue reading

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Farm to Food Bank Month – Big increase in fresh produce donations to Central Valley food bank

“Feeding people is what Ag does.” -California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross. Feeding people is also what local food banks do. So it should be no surprise that agriculture is an essential and enthusiastic partner in the … Continue reading

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Farm to Food Bank Month – Secretary Ross joins State Board of Food and Agriculture for visit to Northern California food bank

In recognition of December as Farm to Food Bank Month, CDFA Secretary Karen Ross today joined the California State Board of Food and Agriculture at California Emergency Foodlink, the nation’s largest food bank. The event highlighted food donation by farmers … Continue reading

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Farm to Food Bank Month – Central Coast Farmers Give in Partnership with Ag Against Hunger

It is ironic that California produces the largest bounty of agricultural products consumed in the US, and yet, 4.7 million of our residents live in poverty and often don’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. A solution to this … Continue reading

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Giving so much more than thanks

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American invention, and I think it must be one of our finest. The celebrations, the food, the parades and pronouncements give us an annual reminder of all that we are so thankful for – and also … Continue reading

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December is Farm to Food Bank Month – Pushing for 200 Million Pounds of Food Annually by 2015

It is believed that more than 49 million people are food insecure in our nation – one in every six Americans.  In California, almost 4 million people are food insecure, which means they could not afford enough food at least … Continue reading

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USDA Releases Farm to School Census – California’s profile is encouraging

In celebration of National Farm to School Month, the USDA has released the first ever Farm to School Census – capturing the survey results from more than 13,000 public school districts nationwide. Check out how California and your local school district … Continue reading

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