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

Program Growth

The Farm to Family program has grown tremendously over the last few years as food banks have increased the nutritional content of the food they distribute by replacing traditional sources of food, such as salvaged, canned and dried goods, with produce. Farm to Family has helped food banks make this transition possible by providing low-cost, nutritious produce. CAFB projects it will distribute 125 million pounds of produce in 2011.

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