Childhood obesity and diabetes in children is exploding across the nation. Did you know that in our own backyard in Northern California, 17% of 2 to 4-year-olds are considered obese and 15% of 10 to 17-year-olds are considered obese? And it’s 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.
You can help change this alarming trend in Butte County. We may not be able to impact the world, but we can help our neighbors.
At the Community Action Agency of Butte County’s North State Food Bank, we’re committing to increase our supply and distribution of fruits and vegetables to families four-fold over the next year.
This means increasing the number and frequency of deliveries. It also means more fuel and driving time.
Will you help our kids?
We know it’s a bold goal, but big problems deserve bold responses. We couldn't take this kind of stance without the support that you and so many have provided. We ask that you consider joining us in being part of the solution to bringing significantly more nutritious food to our neighbors in northern California.
Together, we can solve hunger and get significantly more healthy food into the hands of our neighbors.
So, what can you do to help improve the health of the next generation?
We often have enough food, but often the real challenge is paying to transport the food across our 12,000 square mile service area. Help us to make dollars go further by donating online!
Want to donate online? Visit us at buttecaa.com and click on “Donate” at the top right!
The CAA’s North State Food Bank collects and distributes food throughout the service region encompassing Butte, Glenn, Colusa, Plumas, Sierra and Tehama counties. With the help of our extensive network of partners, the North State Food Bank offers multiple programs to help low income families get the food and nutrition they need each month. Below is an outline of the programs that we run with our incredible team of staff and volunteers.