New program helps people eat local produce while supporting Fresno farmers. Here’s how

Sacramento Bee (November 25, 2021) – New program helps people eat local produce while supporting Fresno farmers. Here’s how

By Nadia Lopez

The pandemic has had disruptive effects on the Central Valley’s food system, exacerbating challenges for farmers struggling to grow and sell their crops. At the same time, the pandemic increased food insecurity and many of the region’s residents continue to face barriers to accessing healthy food. In an effort to address these crises, a coalition of local nonprofits and community organizations launched an initiative last week aimed at providing thousands of under-resourced Fresno County residents with fresh, seasonal produce grown by the region’s Southeast Asian, Black, Laotian, Punjabi and Latino farmers…

The initiative is funded by Growing the Table, a statewide philanthropic organization that helps farmers achieve economic security and sustainability while increasing access to fresh produce for food-insecure residents. The organization’s mission is to support local community-based organizations in leading the food distribution drives.

Read the article here.

Video

Growing the Table Strengthens Connections in Salinas Farmworker Communities

Growing the Table, a program that delivers locally grown food to food-insecure families throughout the Central Coast, has donated more than 138,000 pounds of organic produce to Monterey Bay and Salinas families. One of the biggest objectives of the pilot program is ensuring that farmworkers are among the first to access the food they grow. […]

Video

Growing the Table Provides Free, Organic Produce to People Experiencing Homelessness

Food insecurity in Santa Cruz is underpinned by the fact that the region suffers from some of the highest rates of individuals experiencing homelessness in California. Growing the Table partners, the Homeless Garden Project and the Homeless Person’s Health Project, bring fresh, organic produce to recently housed individuals like Adrella and Yolanda. They told us […]