Healthy Food Banking

NEW: Produce Toolbox & Evaluation Report: Piloted by California Association of Food Banks in conjunction with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, this program assessed the effectiveness of short and focused nutrition education lessons with food bank clients standing in food distribution lines.

Banking on Better Nutrition: A New Report About Nutrition Education at California's Food Banks

Opening New Doors to Ending Hunger: A Case Study on Food Stamp Out-of-Office Applications in California

The California Association of Food Banks partners with 28 food banks and other non-profit organizations to provide nutrition education to families with low incomes throughout California. We are proud to offer our partners match funding to enhance their existing nutrition education efforts. The application for the funding period beginning October 1, 2010 and ending September 30, 2012 is now closed. Please check back for updates.

CAFB partnered with the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture in the very first ever non-profit Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) grant that expanded the availability of fresh, California grown produce to low-income food bank clients. To download a copy of the produce distribution manual or to see how this project increased the ability of food banks to offer healthy food, click here now.

Below are free or low-cost nutrition education materials available to food banks and other organizations serving low-income Californians. All materials listed here are approved for use in USDA funded projects.