There is nothing as fundamental to health as nutritious food

REFBLiving in poverty means that people have numerous challenges to deal with, day in and day out, but most fundamental is the need for nutritious food.  A family facing food insecurity struggles to put healthy food on the table, especially expensive items like fresh produce and lean protein.  As food insecurity increases, the nutritional value of the food often decreases leading to a variety of unhealthy outcomes such as obesity and greater risk of chronic disease.  Hunger has especially devastating effects on the health and development of children.

Funding from Impact 100 is helping the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) increase its service to Sonoma Valley’s hunger-relief agencies in their effort to ensure that all residents have access to enough nutritious food to lead healthy and productive lives.  We are working to establish an accessible location in the Valley where our partnering agencies can pick up their food without having to travel to Santa Rosa.  REFB truckCurrently, our big rig arrives at St. Leo’s parish twice a month on Tuesday mornings loaded with food and fresh produce.  Agencies like FISH of Sonoma, St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Sonoma Overnight Support, the Brown Baggers, Valley of the Moon Teen Center and Sonoma Boys and Girls Club receive shopping credits every month to aid in their efforts to feed those in need in Sonoma Valley.

We do believe it does take a village to solve such a devastating problem as hunger.  We are honored to assist in the daily work of Sonoma Valley’s organizations dedicated to providing vital food resources.  In the last six months, these organizations have distributed over 35,000 pounds of food from the REFB which is the equivalent of 42,500 meals.



Text and images provided by:
Gail Atkins, Director of Programs
Redwood Empire Food Bank