September is National Hunger Action Month. The specified time we call to attention the reality of food insecurity in California, particularly our North State.
With a pandemic slowing the economy and now the worst fire season in California history, the need for food and nutrition support in this region has increased.
Butte CAA provides food to hungry families every day. Our North State Food Bank helps fill cupboards with essential and nutritious food items through our food distribution events and guidance to other resources.
Thanks to added government funding, and with the support of local community members like you, we can be prepared to meet the need.
State of Hunger
Feeding America is one of the largest agencies that fight against hunger. According to their estimations, 54 million people - including 18 million children - will be food insecure in 2020.
The California Association of Food Banks reports that one in eight Californians don't know where their next meal will come from and it is more severe for children at one in four. Childhood food insecurity is especially detrimental as it affects their physical development and educational performance.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, 35.2 million people in the US lived in food-insecure households in 2019. That's a staggering fact for one of the most prosperous nations in the world. There should be plenty to go around, but we need your support to make sure that everyone gets the nutrition they need.
US National Statistics
The US Department of Agriculture's definition of food insecure households states, "At times during the year, these households were uncertain of having, or unable to acquire, enough food to meet the needs of all their members because they had insufficient money or other resources for food." Over 10% of US households met this definition in 2019. Although 10% may not sound like much, that translates to 35.2 million people, 5.3 million of which were children.
How the NSFB is Fighting Hunger
We are incredibly thankful to have been able to meet the increased need of our communities since March due to COVID-19 and will rise to whatever future needs there are in the wake of the current fires.
Through various programs our North State Food Bank serves an average of 45,000 hungry residents each month. We partner with great volunteers and food providers to serve a six-county region including Butte, Glenn, Colusa, Plumas, Sierra and Tehama counties.
- We have established relationships with growers, distributors and other community partners to collect the food our community needs.
- We are able to buy the food in bulk, making your dollars stretch further.
- We have partnerships in place for distributing the food.
- We have a location to store the food and the means to transport it.
- We have incredible volunteer labor pools who are excited to distribute the food.
If you or some one you know needs nutrition support, please take a look at our food distribution calendars linked below:
How You Can Help
We need your help to keep families in Butte County food-secure. Interested in how you can help? If you have some free time, we are always accepting volunteers. Just click the button below to get our volunteer request form. We have something for everyone, regardless of experience or physical ability level.
CAA strives to run our food bank as efficiently as possible. But it still requires us to comply with health rules and to have funding for transportation costs, storage costs, the staff to accomplish it all and get food. You financial support is greatly appreciated, and tax deductible! Every little bit helps, whether you can contribute $5 or $500 we appreciate your support. Click below to donate to the North State Food Bank.
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.