Our North State Food Bank just got a major upgrade thanks to the CalRecycle grant and our partnership with the Jesus Center. A portion of the grant went towards installing a massive walk-in refrigerator and freezer system at the North State Food Bank. The ability to safely store more perishable foods will allow us to help families struggling with food insecurity to have fresh and healthy meals. This expansion of our perishable foods storage capacity also means we have a need for community support and donations to fill this new refrigerator and freezer with food! The crew has been working hard to get it all built and ready - check out the progress in this time-lapse video below...Read More
Our community is pulling together to support one another as the sheer scale of the tragedy that is the Camp Fire continues to grow, but the work has just begun and we need your help. We are now dealing with the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. According to CBS News the current Camp Fire statistics are:
- 140,000 acres burned
- 40 percent contained
- 56 fatalities confirmed, 3 firefighters injured
- 10,321 structures destroyed, including 7,600 homes
The North State Food Bank is one of the huge programs that lies under Community Action Agency’s list of programs it oversees. NSFB is managed by Tom Dearmore who is the Community Services Manager at CAA. On August 22nd Dearmore went on air with Chico Now to talk about the North State Food Bank along with the CalRecycle Grant. Keep reading to see some of the things he talked about!
North State Food Bank is one of the premiere programs that the Community Action Agency administers. They collect and distribute food through a vast service region. It encompasses Butte, Glenn, Colusa, Plumas, Sierra, and Tehama counties, which equals out to about 12,000 square miles.Read More
Did you know that the U.S. Department of Energy declared the month of October as Energy Action Month? Furthermore, did you know that Energy Action Month comes to a close by celebrating Weatherization Day on October 30th?
Weatherization Day is an opportunity for a local, state, and national focus on WAP (Weatherization Assistance Program) and the work that is performed by all the members of the program. Since 1976, when the program was started, WAP has weatherized over 7.4 million homes across the nation. Now that's something to celebrate!
Childhood obesity and diabetes in children is exploding across the nation.
In our own backyard in Northern California:
- 17% of 2 to 4-year-olds are considered obese
- 15% of 10 to 17-year-olds are considered obese
And it is getting worse. The data projects that by 2030 the number of heart disease cases will quadruple and obesity-related cancer will more than double.
The largest majority of these increases will be in the low-income population.
These families have a difficult time accessing healthy foods like fruits and vegetables because they just cost more. Low-income families end up eating highly processed foods that are devoid of nutrition that the body needs to remain healthy, simply because they are significantly cheaper.
We have bold plans to change this alarming trend in Butte County and we need your help.
DXC Technology encourages its employees to volunteer their time, skills and other resources in their local communities and participate in the DXC Foundation Board’s quarterly Charity Challenge Essay Contest. The Board donates $5,000 to the favorite charity of each contest winner.
For the current quarter, contest judges selected an essay written by DXC Technology’s Cindy Hodges, who was one of three winners from among 23 submissions worldwide. Ms. Hodges chose the Esplanade House, a program of the Community Action Agency (CAA) of Butte County in Chico, California, for the $5,000 donation by DXC.
“These amazing DXC Technology employees truly have huge hearts of gold,” said Cindy Hodges, supervisor of DXC’s facility in Chico.
1 in every 5 families in our region suffers from food insecurity. They struggle with having enough food for their families and they also struggle with the quality of that food. Fresh fruits and vegetables are plentiful from the many farms around Butte County, but not every family can afford them. September is Hunger Action Month, and while the month is almost over, it's not too late to make a difference. There are thousands of people who stand up to fight hunger this month by supporting their local food banks across the nation.
If you have thought about helping before, but never find the time, make time today. If you already volunteer for the food bank, consider sharing your experience with a friend who might want to come along with you and help. The solution to hunger in America lies in our own hands. It's about community involvement, so take action!Read More
In coordination with Chico State and other community partners, Butte CAA helped 1,207 people file their 2017 taxes for FREE. That accounts for over 1 Million dollars in tax refunds coming back to Butte County residents. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, also known as VITA was founded in 1971 by Gary Iskowitz at California State University Northridge. Butte CAA has been a key partner since 2003 in the expansion of the VITA program in Butte County.Read More
The LIHEAP Program (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) has made a huge impact in California to help low income households afford essential utilities. In 2017 there were 207,362 households that benefited form this program. The vast majority of recipient households have at least one "vulnerable" member, which is defined as a person who is either 60 years of age or older, living with a disability, or is 6 years of age or younger. Additionally, 43% of recipients were either at risk of utility disconnection or were able to restore services as a result of LIHEAP assistance. So we know that the benefits are going to people who really need the help. An amazing program like this one should have community and government support, however the President's budget proposal for 2019 completely eliminates funding for the program...Read More
At the Community Action Agency of Butte County, our mission is to provide hope to people struggling with poverty to help them become more self-sustaining. Connecting with those in our community that share that goal is essential to the success of our organization and the people we serve.
Tim Hawkins, our Chief Programs Officer, was recently invited to speak with Carol Winkler, Host of Community Issues on KAHP Family Radio. Carol wanted to find out more about the Community Action Agency and it's programs, especially the Esplanade House. Carol shares our concerns for this community and all it's residents, including those struggling with poverty and homelessness. Tim was grateful for the opportunity to share a little about our programs, goals and needs.