Category Archives: Food Access

Video: Why does half of America’s food go to waste? from NPR and PBS

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Southern California remains robust food producer, maintains strong commitment to feed the hungry

You have to go back more than 70 years to get a view of a very different Southern California. Long before urban and suburban post-war development blossomed around Los Angeles, the region was a major agricultural producer. Citrus was the … Continue reading

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Davis think-tank event invites solutions to world hunger – from the Sacramento Bee

By Sammy Caiola How do you feed 9 billion people by 2050? That question was posed Friday to a room of UC Davis students, community activists, farmers and Monsanto executives at a think tank-style event on campus. About 70 attendees … Continue reading

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Food hubs a valuable tool for farmers and consumers – from the Sacramento Bee

By Edward Ortiz, Sacramento Bee When employees at technology giant Oracle sit down to lunch, they often eat produce grown in Yolo County’s Capay Valley. The fruits and veggies come from the Capay Valley Farm Shop, which buys from more … Continue reading

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USDA announces grants to enable more farmers’ markets to serve low-income families

USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Under Secretary Kevin Concannon announced the availability of up to $3.3 million in competitive funding to support the ability of farmers markets to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (CalFresh in California). These … Continue reading

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USDA Awards Grants to Support Schools Serving Healthier Meals and Snacks

Up to $25 million will be provided for new food service equipment; $5.5 million for training WASHINGTON, March 6, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be awarding over $30 million … Continue reading

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New study shows kids eating more healthy food at school – from the USDA

A new study from the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut shows that children are eating healthier food at school and discarding less food since updated healthy school meal standards took effect in 2012. USDA Secretary … Continue reading

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Final results announced for 2014-15 California State Employees Food Drive

…and the results are in! Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced today the final results of the 2014-15 California State Employees Food Drive. The Food Drive raised more than … Continue reading

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USDA announces $9 million to support Community Food Projects program

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $9 million in funding to assist low-income individuals and communities in developing local and independent food systems. … Continue reading

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Holiday spirit shines at CDFA

One of the perks of my job as Secretary of Agriculture is my annual visit to several of our department’s offices in the Sacramento area. The holidays are a traditional time of giving and my staff at the California Department … Continue reading

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