Five million Californians report that they are unable to afford the food they need – including many seniors and working parents whose budgets for food are squeezed by the economic crisis. Families are increasingly turning to their local food banks, charities and congregations to helps make ends meet. At the same time, donations from manufacturers and retailers have dropped dramatically, leaving a massive gap between what families need and the food that food banks have available. This is where Farm to Family comes in. California produces more than half of the nation’s fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Farm to Family connects the state’s growers and packers with food banks to deliver fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables to families in need. Click on the links below to learn more about Farm to Family.
Fruits and Vegetables
Farm to Family ships a variety of fruits and vegetables that growers and packers donate or sell to CAFB at very low prices. Farm to Family produce is often fresher than what is available in supermarkets because it starts reaching food banks the day after it is picked in the fields.
In many cases, these products are shipped on a weekly basis. This allows food banks to plan and build food distribution and nutrition education programs more effectively.