With our pride in the region’s growing reputation as the “Farm to Fork” capital, we must also deal with the reality that many suffer from hunger and live in “food deserts” with limited access to fresh, locally grown food. This unacceptable contrast exists despite the fact that we live in a region rich with agriculture and farmlands. Solving this complex problem will take a coordinated effort that involves all sectors of our local food economy.
The Foundation’s leadership in Connecting the Regional Food Economy involves both learning and advocacy, leading us to partner with the key “players” in the food economy – from local farmers, to the distributors who store, disseminate, and transport food, to sellers who market, package and make food accessible. Through this initiative, we examine how communities – especially the underserved – experience barriers in access to healthy foods, and learn about the negative impacts such inaccessibility can lead to. We aim to identify and create upstream changes that will be required in order to ensure that everyone can benefit from a healthy and thriving regional food system with access for all.
Our Sacramento Region Food System Action Plan details strategies to connect the regional food system; its findings prompted our $100,000 grant to the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.
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Sacramento Region Food System Action Plan
Developed by the Foundation and Valley Vision, the Action Plan is an in-depth report addressing the disconnect between the abundant agricultural output of the Sacramento region and the reality that many in its communities suffer from hunger and limited access to healthy, fresh foods.