CAFB is a membership organization of 41 member food banks from every part of California.
To build a well-nourished California.
OUR PROGRAMS AND SERVICES:
FARM TO FAMILY:
Directly distributing healthier food to people in need: Fresh fruits and vegetables are the fastest growing area of food bank distribution. This has been made possible with the implementation of CAFB’s Farm to Family Program. In 2011, Farm to Family distributed more than 120 million pounds of fresh produce. This produce consists of a variety of fruits and vegetables that CAFB acquires from the state’s growers and packers at no or very low cost. The increased availability of produce has allowed food banks to provide healthier foods to their clients and has put California on the cutting edge of healthy food banking.
Providing nutrition education along with the healthier foods: New foods often need promotion, provision of handling and preparation information, such as culturally-appropriate recipes, in order for people to meaningfully integrate them into their diet. Many California food banks are providing nutrition education to both clients and to agency staff distributing food in order to strengthen their healthy food distribution efforts. CAFB supports this work by offering program support, peer-to-peer networking and match funding to 28 organizations, of which 18 are member food banks. The Network for a Healthy California and MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger are essential partners in this work.
Assisting with the application process for CalFresh (formerly the Food Stamp Program) to increase the affordability of healthier foods: CalFresh benefits help stretch a family’s dollars so they can afford the higher costs of fresh, nutritious food. But California consistently has one of the lowest participation rates in the country, and is currently at the bottom. CAFB offers program support and match funding for outreach activities to member food banks