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Member Resources

California Association of Food Banks is committed to promoting collaboration and innovation among its member food banks. The following resources can help CAFB members respond to the social, economic, and legislative challenges that continue to impact Californians struggling with food insecurity. Can’t find what you need? Contact Terry Garner, Member Services Director, at terry@cafoodbanks.org.



California Association of Food Banks hosts monthly webinars for its members during the year featuring proven food bank strategies, hands-on tactics, and updates on state and federal public policy. Join us for an upcoming live webinar, or browse our library of recorded webinars, available on-demand. More…


Members are welcome to join a pilot of Slack. Slack has channels that can track conversations with team members. Channels can be organized around projects and campaigns. CAFB has two channels: #farmbillcomms that houses conversations and resources on the Farm Bill and #causecommunicators that houses conversations and resources related to food bank communications.

Federal Policy Resource Page

We are frequently updating this page with policy analysis, call scripts, action alerts, and social media content. More…


Emergency Food for Families Fund

For the past several years, CAFB and our member food banks have promoted the Emergency Food for Families Fund to let California taxpayers know about the opportunity to use their state income tax return to feed families in need. Contributions fund the purchase of much-needed food for delivery to food banks, pantries, and soup kitchens throughout the state. The State Department of Social Services monitors its distribution to ensure the food goes to those most in need, like areas struggling with the aftermath of natural disasters like flood and drought. More…


Rural and Remote Food Bank Resources

The Remote Rural Food Bank (RRFB) modules provide a framework for an exchange of valuable information unique to remote rural communities. These modules offer a starting place for those looking to develop services where none exist and also updated material for seasoned leaders who want to advance specific areas. The nine modules are focused on different areas of food bank operations and include unique remote rural challenges, best practices, and useful contacts and resources.

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Innovative Programs

CAFB and its members are on the cutting edge of the anti-hunger movement. See how CAFB’s members are pushing the anti-hunger envelope through innovative programming.



Food for People’s Choice Pantry

The Choice Pantry enables people to “shop” through a food selection process, much like they would in a grocery store, rather than receiving pre-packaged bags. The Choice Pantry creates a dignified experience that encourages the selection of healthy foods. 


Redwood Empire Food Bank’s Diabetes Wellness Program

The Diabetes Wellness Program builds on partnerships with community clinics to address the dual problems of hunger and diabetes. Clients are first screened for diabetes, then receive a free monthly food box with healthy foods and fresh produce, recipes, cooking tips, and diabetes self-management education materials.

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Our advocacy staff have created a list of key resources for expanding and informing your food bank’s advocacy efforts. For additional support in the advocacy arena, members are encouraged to reach out to Andrew Cheyne, Policy Director, at andrew@cafoodbanks.org.



Food Bank Guide to Policy Advocacy

This guide serves as a primer for the best practices and action ideas for influencing public policy to end hunger.


Data and Resources on Hunger and Poverty

Advocates, policymakers, journalists, and fundraisers can use this page to connect to the latest available data on hunger and poverty. 


Hunger Legislation Tracker

This page will be updated regularly throughout the legislative session. For questions about legislation, please contact Sarah Palmer, CAFB’s Policy Associate at sarah@cafoodbanks.org.


2016 State Policy Agenda

CAFB’s State Policy Agenda focuses on increasing funding for the State Emergency Food Assistance Program (SEFAP), modernizing and simplifying the CalFresh (food stamp) program, and taking advantage of California’s budget surplus to rebuild and reinvest in vital safety net programs.


“One Stop” for Good Health and Nutrition for California Families: The Affordable Care Act Opportunity for CalFresh

California leads the nation in enrolling eligible families in health coverage. By contrast, California continues to lag behind other states in enrollment in CalFresh, the nation’s first and best defense against hunger. This paper discusses a major opportunity to change that.

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CalFresh Outreach

From in-depth webinars to printer-friendly fact sheets, you can find vital information for CalFresh Outreach here.


Changes to CalFresh Benefits Amounts – FFY 2015

This handy fact sheet lists the new CalFresh income guidelines for October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015. 



CAFB’s staff reguarly host webinars on CalFresh Outreach. You can view them here.

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CAFB is leading the way for food banks looking to connect their clients with fresh, healthy food.


Produce Education Program (PEP) Materials

PEP is CAFB’s innovative nutrition education program that reaches clients waiting in line at food distributions. Short, interactive nutrition lessons, taste tests and recipe cards focus on one featured produce item being offered that day through our Farm to Family program.


Produce Toolbox Evaluation Report

This evaluation, conducted by Perales & Associates Evaluation Services in partnership with the Network for a Healthy California, shows that a well-designed nutrition education intervention, even when conducted within the time restraints of a food distribution line, can still have an impact on nutrition message knowledge and consumption-related behaviors.


Banking on Better Health: California Association of Food Banks’ Nutrition Education Program

The purpose of this case study is to document the experience of CAFB’s Network for a Healthy California nutrition education project.

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From in-depth webinars to printer-friendly fact sheets, you can find vital information for CalFresh Outreach here.


Creating a Food Safety Culture

Presented by Mitzi D. Baum, Director of Food Safety, Feeding America, at CAFB’s 2013 Conference.


Business Process Reengineering – The San Jose Experience

Presented by Barbara Gehlen, Director of Food Resources, and Pat Ybarra, Director of Distribution and Logistics, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties at CAFB’s 2013 Conference.Find more operations-related content from our past conferences >>

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CAFB regularly publishes grant opportunities for members through its newsletter and social media.


Virtual Food Drives

Presented by TechBridge


Planned Giving: 7 Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

Presented by Judee Daniels, CFRE, Statewide Co-Chair, “California Plan Your Giving Project;” and Elfrena Foord, CFP, Partner, Foord, Van Bruggen, Ebersole & Pajak at CAFB’s 2013 Conference.


Rethinking Food Drives

Presented by John Javna, Co-founder, Neighborhood Food Project; Shannon Lee-Rutherford, Manager of Individual Giving, Alameda County Community Food Bank; Mike Mallory, CEO, Second Harvest Food Bank of San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties; and Ruthi Solari, Executive Director, SuperFood Drive, at CAFB’s 2013 Conference.


Fund Raising for Food Security Strategies

Presented by Jane Lindsey, Chief Development & Resource Officer, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County;Morgan Wilson, Director of Development & Community Engagement, Feeding America San Diego; Billy Bartz, Development Manager, Redwood Empire Food Bank; Marilu Boucher, Director of Development, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano at CAFB’s 2013 Conference.


Sign up for CAFB’s monthly newsletter

CAFB wants to keep food bank staff up-to-date with the latest news from around the state. No matter your role, no matter your food bank, CAFB strives to provide content that is relevant to your work.

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Disaster Preparedness

When disaster strikes, CAFB’s member food banks maintain the vital flow of food into California’s communities. Make sure your food bank is prepared.


Disaster Preparedness Resources

The resources here can help ensure you’re prepared for the worst. If you have questions about disaster preparedness, please contact Terry Garner, Member Services Director, at terry@cafoodbanks.org.

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Past Conference Materials

CAFB’s biennial conference brings together nearly 300 food bankers and allies for two days of learning and collaboration. Miss a workshop or want to review one you attended years ago? Presentations from past conferences are available here.


2015 Conference: “Now is the Time: New Visions Toward Ending Hunger”

This conference featured 35 workshops on policy, new visions, development & communications, health & nutrition, programs and operations.


2013 Conference: “Ending Hunger in California – Many Voices, One Vision”

This conference featured workshops on advocacy, development, operations, health, nutrition, new thought, and a special track on breaking the overlapping cycles of poverty.


2011 Conference: “Banking on Our Future”

This conference featured workshops on marketing, operations, building relationships with funders, human resources, and more.

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