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Donating farm products to food banks – upcoming webinar

CDFA partners with California Association of Food Banks to provide resources and information to  farmers, ranchers and food processors Webinar – Wednesday, April 8 from 10-11 a.m. Join CDFA and the California Association of Food Banks (CAFB) to discuss resources and funding … Continue reading

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Food and Agriculture is critical infrastructure for California and the nation

Note – Last night, as California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order for state residents due to COVID-19, his office released an executive order providing additional details. The executive order includes this: “The federal government has identified 16 critical … Continue reading

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USDA Announces Feeding Program Partnership in Response to COVID-19

Collaboration will provide nearly 1,000,000 meals to rural children USDA News Release U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a collaboration with the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, McLane Global, PepsiCo, and others to deliver nearly 1,000,000 meals … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross recaps annual State Employee Food Drive

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Statement by Don Cameron, President of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture on the Governor’s Proposed Budget

As a farmer, the investments by Governor Newsom in the proposed budget to our rural communities, the food and agricultural sector and for climate resilience is a strong step forward for a “California for All.” This is especially true for … Continue reading

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CDFA Supports National Farm to School Month

When a child briefly holds a cherry tomato before biting down to enjoy its sweet taste, does the student wonder about the tomato’s origin? Who grew it? Is this a healthy treat for me to eat? The California Department of … Continue reading

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Farm to Family program meets year-round need for food

With the holiday season bringing reminders of the food insecurity faced by an alarming number of needy Californians, CDFA offers an encore presentation of a video from the award-winning Growing California series: “Farm to Family,” spotlighting efforts to feed the … Continue reading

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“Farm to Table Talk” podcast with Secretary Ross celebrates the progress of the Farm to Fork movement

When 70,000 people showed up last weekend to celebrate “Farm to Fork” at an annual festival in Sacramento, it was an opportunity for Farm to Table Talk podcast host Mark Wasson to sit down with three pioneering leaders of Farm … Continue reading

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“Holiday Farmers Market” helps kids practice food literacy over holiday break

CDFA Deputy Secretary Jenny Lester Moffitt recently joined CDFA’s Farm to Fork staff at St. Hope Public School 7 in the Sacramento area to help distribute donated produce to students and families in low-income areas. In partnership with Trinity Fresh, the Food … Continue reading

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Annual Food Drive Demonstrates Spirit of Giving

The annual California State Employees Food Drive, chaired by CDFA, is showing strong momentum as it aims for a goal of 800,000 pounds of food for needy Californians. CDFA employees are demonstrating the Department’s commitment this season through a series … Continue reading

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