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

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross speaks at a Farm to Food Bank event today in Sacramento.

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross at a Farm to Food Bank event today in Sacramento.

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 and ranchers and and reiterated the need for food donations statewide.

California State Board of Food and Agriculture President Craig McNamara (center-front) looks on during a tour of the Foodlink facility. Cases of milk are in the foreground and cases of canned carrots are in the background.

California State Board of Food and Agriculture President Craig McNamara (center-front) looks on during a tour of the Foodlink facility. Cases of milk are in the foreground and cases of canned carrots are in the background.

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 once in the previous year. So far this year, California farmers and ranchers have donated more than 127 million pounds of food to food banks.

California Emergency Foodlink President/CEO John Healey discusses California-grown citrus donations with CDFA Secretary Karen Ross and others during a tour of the Foodlink facility.

California Emergency Foodlink President/CEO John Healey discusses California-grown citrus donations with Secretary Ross and others during a tour of the Foodlink facility.

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