Additional federal relief aid was approved for Butte County residents in the form of food assistance. The US Department of Agriculture issued the following statement:
The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) approves California's request to operate D-SNAP (Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) in Butte County in response to the impact of the "Camp Fire" wildfire which began on November 8, 2018. President Donald J. Trump issued a major disaster declaration and subsequent amendments designating this area as eligible for Federal individual assistance.
Butte CAA is committed to disaster response, with a proven track record over the last 50 years of addressing urgent community needs. The thousands of people displaced by the Camp Fire have caused a huge spike in the need for food and shelter in Butte County. Our commitment to effective solutions for these community issues has never been stronger, and the need has never been greater. There are multiple groups and agencies working on Camp Fire relief efforts, so why donate to CAA? Here's what we're doing with your donation.Read More
The day after Thanksgiving everyone goes into a frenzy to score deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. These retail holidays place a huge amount of emphasis on the urgency of need. But what does real need look like? Take a look around our community at those who have been displaced by the Camp Fire.
This year, try to hang on to the grateful spirit of Thanksgiving a little longer. What were you thankful for on Thursday? Probably family, friends, and quality of life. It's unlikely that what you were most thankful for was a thing, like a TV or an Xbox. The Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been deemed Giving Tuesday, and turns the focus away from what you can GET, and instead focuses on what you can GIVE. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 27. This global movement aims to transform how people think about, and participate in the giving season.
There is an Urgent Need in Our Community
Every year we talk about the spirit of the holidays and helping others, however the holidays in Butte County are going to be different this year. Due to the devastation caused by the Camp Fire, some 50,000 people may not be able to be home for the holidays and over 10,000 of those have lost their homes altogether. The needs of our community have never been so great and so visibly urgent.Read More
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