North State Food Bank Supports Kids Farmers Market in Red Bluff

Monday, Apr 09, 2018

Butte CAA's North State Food Bank in association with the Center for Healthy Communities at Chico State, puts on Kid’s Farmers Markets. The North State Food Bank is able to supply the produce with help from the Cal Foods grant. Recently at an educational community event known as the Highlight Show in Red Bluff, we had a fun opportunity to implement a unique kind of farmers market for the kids.

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Photo from Red Bluff Daily News article by Jake HutchisonSERRF programs blast off for show

An after-school program known as SERRF (Safe Education and Recreation for Rural Families) is coordinated by the Tehama County Department of Education. They helped bring the Highlight Show together, which involved twenty schools from the area. Each school brought a booth with an educational activity.

Kids Farmers Markets Connect Youth With Local Agriculture

Farming is an important part of the Tehama County economy and culture. It's a rich agricultural region where they want kids to feel connected to their food and local farmers. The Community Health Center even does something called "Harvest of the Month" where they take locally grown produce to local schools for the kids to learn about and familiarize themselves with. Aside from helping them connect with their local agriculture community, this also helps kids learn to accept a broader variety of fruits and vegetables into their diet.

Many of the activities planned, tied into the Farmer's Market. One group even made "t-shirt bags" for the kids to use when they went shopping at the market. Other groups had information on growing plants and root systems or involved physical activities promoting healthy hobbies.

As the students went to different booths to learn, they were able to earn farmers market bucks to buy fresh produce from the on site market. For each activity that they completed, they would get so much "money". Each kid earned enough "money" at the activity booths to get a couple of pieces of produce at the market. It was a big hit.

Help Us Bring Fresh Local Produce to Hungry Families

The CAA’s North State Food Bank collects and distributes food throughout the service region encompassing Butte, Glenn, Colusa, Plumas, Sierra and Tehama counties. In such an agriculturally rich region, no family should go hungry. Please lend us a hand by donating today so we can continue helping people and changing lives. Your gratefully received contributions to the North State Food Bank are tax-deductible as allowed by the IRS.  Tax ID#94-1640546.

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Since 1967, the Community Action Agency of Butte County has been serving the needs of the region in alignment with the charter of the National Community Action Agencies overarching goal: To alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty by whatever means necessary in your community. As Butte County CAA, we provide hope to people struggling with poverty to become more self-sustaining by meeting tangible needs in the areas of energy savings, affordable food, and housing. Connect with us to find out how you can get involved.