Farm to Family

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.

Farm to Family Fact Sheet
How it Works
Videos about Farm to Family
Fruits and Vegetables Distributed by Farm to Family
Program Growth
How to Help
Food Bank Produce Distribution Guide
"Utilizing New Methods of Crop Harvesting to Introduce Nutrient Dense Special Crops to Low-Income Consumers"- FINAL REPORT, California Association of Food Banks & California Department of Food and Agriculture

Food Bank Produce Distribution Guide

Food banks have developed several models to distribute produce. Farm to Family Out The Door: A Guide to Produce Distribution in California describes these models in order to support efforts by food banks to increase produce distribution.

Support for this guide was provided by the United States Department of Agriculture Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program and the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Click here for more information about how CAFB utilized the grant that supported the production of this guide.