Category Archives: Food Access

Farm-to-School Month: Farm at LA continuation school – from the Los Angeles Times

By Sonali Kohli Most school days 17-year-old Alex Snyder eats lunch with a pot-bellied pig named Peanut. John R. Wooden High School is small. It doesn’t have a football field or a swimming pool or a gym. But it has a farm. And the farm … Continue reading

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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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