Category Archives: Food Access

USDA Offers $5 million in Farm to School Grants to Increase Local Foods in Schools

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that up to $5 million in grant funds is available to help schools create or strengthen farm to school programs this school year. Administered by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, these … Continue reading

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Governor Brown approves bill that could improve food access for needy families – from the San José Mercury News

  By Annie Sciacca California Gov. Jerry Brown has approved a bill that could boost a program increasing access to healthy food for low-income families through farmers’ markets that has already grown considerably in the Bay Area. The governor has … Continue reading

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Food drive donations up 14 percent – Secretary Ross thanks state employees

A letter to California state employees: A sincere thank you to all who participated in the 2015-16 State Employees Food Drive. It was a remarkable success, surpassing last year’s total donations by a whopping 14%. The California State Employees Food … Continue reading

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Social responsibility grows into a tradition at Fowler Packing Company

Established in 1950, Fowler Packing has been a staple in the Fresno community, operating two packing, cooling, and storage facilities covering more than 650,000 square feet at the company’s Fresno location. The company’s day-to-day achievements, like providing jobs and getting … Continue reading

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“Can Creations,” Charitable Donations, and Holiday Celebrations at CDFA

By CDFA Secretary Karen Ross When I began several years ago as California’s agriculture secretary, I had an inkling that there would be some travel involved. Nothing like Santa’s annual trip, mind you, but certainly a busy schedule. Meetings, hearings and … Continue reading

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“Can Creations” deck the halls at CDFA this holiday season

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross is taking a page out of Santa’s book today, riding her sleigh (Prius) around town to visit her elves (employees) at their various toy factories (labs and offices) and share a warm cup of holiday cheer. … Continue reading

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Community Food Bank embodies the spirit of giving

By Andy Souza, CEO, Community Food Bank This is a time when so many of us are thankful for good food, great friends, and our families as we celebrate the holiday season.  But for families having a difficult time making … Continue reading

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Food brings us together all year – but Thanksgiving is special

Thanksgiving is built around a most basic blessing: food. What stands out as the highlight of this day for me, though isn’t the food itself so much as the sharing of it. The people around our tables – friends and … Continue reading

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Farm-to-Food Bank Month a time for sharing and caring

More than four-million people in California are food-insecure and need a little help. It just doesn’t seem right to have that many people lacking nourishment in a state that produces such a bounty of healthy food. In recognition of that need, … Continue reading

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USDA Awards $34.3 Million to Support Communities’ Local Foods Infrastructure, Increase Access to Fruits and Vegetables

Funding Supports Local Food Systems, Farmers Markets and Healthier Eating for SNAP Participants Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack helped to kick off the nation’s harvest season this week by announcing nearly $35 million in new funding through four grant programs to … Continue reading

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