Earth Day:  How Community Action Agency of Butte Counties Programs are Contributing to a Greener Future

April 21, 2022

Energy. Efficiency. Weatherization. Food Rescue.

Those key words are the stepping stones that are paving the way to a greener and more sustainable future. Most of us know the importance of being energy efficient, the benefits of weatherizing our homes, reducing the amount of overall waste in homes and in our landfills, but all of these things are also beneficial to our environment.

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530 Food Rescue Coalition

April 18, 2022

530 Food Rescue Coalition

Good for people, good for the community, good for the environment. 

The Community Action Agency of Butte County, Inc. (CAA) and the Center for Healthy Communities at CSUC have partnered to create the 530 Food Rescue Coalition (530 FRC). The 530 FRC works to promote the reduction of food insecurity while also improving the environment.  It accomplishes these goals through facilitating food donation and pick-up connections, redirecting excess food away from landfills, and utilizing non-edible food for animal feed and compost in our Northern California region. The 530 Food Rescue Coalition is a leader in the effort to keep discarded edible food from adding to undesirable greenhouse gas creation.  The 530 FRC facilitates the pick-up of excess perishable and prepared food from businesses e.g. restaurants, caterers, bakeries, hospitals, event planners, corporate cafeterias, hotels and the delivery of it to neighborhood food programs. 

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Dear North State, A Look Back on 2021

December 30, 2021

This holiday season, all of us at the Community Action Agency of Butte County, Inc. want to wish you and your loved ones a time of peace, healing, and joy.

Whether natural disaster, health crisis, or an underperforming economy, Butte CAA has found ways to assist our most vulnerable community members. We want to express appreciation to all the Board, Staff, and Volunteers who make our efforts possible each day. Butte CAA remains committed to our communities as we have since 1967. 

Even during this unusual year of 2021, we were able to accomplish much through our efforts. 

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How our Esplanade House Combats Family Hunger and Homelessness

December 08, 2021

In the last few years, Butte County has been through traumatic events as a community. The impacts of natural disasters and a global pandemic have created greater strain on our community and the unhoused population and increased the price of food for everyone. Sadly, the children and families of the North State have been affected the most.

Homelessness and food insecurity has a greater impact for families than individuals. While a single person has only themselves to care for, parents have dependents relying on them for food and shelter. This is an increase in financial need and children are more vulnerable to the effects of unstable housing. When the complication of addiction is in the mix, it can lead to a generational cycle of poverty in our area.

Hear from Chief Programs Officer, Tim Hawkins, on how our Esplanade House and our programs help families heal, learn how to thrive, and break the cycle of generational poverty.

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Reasons to (Amazon) Smile with Butte CAA

November 10, 2021

Getting your online holiday shopping done early this year is going to be crucial with the expected shipping delays. The sooner you start shopping online this year, the sooner you can begin your holiday charitable giving. Plus, it's at no extra cost to you and you'll still be able to buy exactly what you want. 

By shopping on AmazonSmile you can donate to a good cause while doing your normal or holiday shopping, just by choosing the Community Action Agency of Butte County, Inc. as your charity. When you make a purchase, Amazon Smile donates 0.5% of what you’ve spent and donates it to Butte CAA. How cool that you can donate without spending any extra money!

We know that budgets are tight for a lot of us right now and it may seem like you have a hard choice to make between giving to charity or getting gifts for those you care about. Here is a way to do both at the same time. 

By following the instructions below you can shop via your browser or the app on your phone.

Here's how to Sign Up for AmazonSmile:

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The Price of Food is Increasing

September 10, 2021

The cost of groceries has finally increased as many predicted at the turn of the pandemic, and we are now seeing the effect on families’ budgets and in their kitchens. The global food supply chain all the way to our local grocery stores are affected.

The California drought is also to blame for the increase in prices. Water-intense crops, like tree nuts, have been particularly impacted. In fact, some farmers have started taking out their almond trees. Prices of hay and other feed sources may increase which will in turn affect the prices of dairy and other animal-based products.

In a recent article, Bloomberg catalogued how different countries, including the US, are seeing increases in their food costs.

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Historic Budget Wins for California Food Banks

July 23, 2021

Food insecurity in our area is one of our top concerns right next to homelessness. The pandemic brought both these issues to the forefront of our societal lens when people lost their jobs and became at risk for both hunger and losing their homes.

It’s because of this that we used our resources and joined with other organizations to help our community in more focused ways since the Camp Fire. Thanks to our local legislators, Senator Jim Nielsen and Assemblyman James Gallagher, we received new State funding that helped bolster our food distribution efforts. We also promoted news of rent relief programs to keep people in their homes while experiencing financial hardship.  We even had brave volunteers answer the call to help make our VITA services happen while abiding by COVID-19 guidelines.

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Inexpensive Ways to have Fun this Summer

June 25, 2021

We get to have a summer outside of our homes this year! We want you to enjoy all that the North State has to offer this time of year and we want to help you do it without having to spend too much money.

Move Your Body!

Get outside and move your body! Going for a walk costs nothing and this simple activity has many health benefits when done regularly. You can plan morning or evening walks with friends and explore all the different trails in your local area and throughout your city. Riding bikes, roller blading, and skateboarding are also great options for you to get outside without spending money, especially with Chico's skate park and extensive bike paths.

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North State Food Bank Tailgate Food Giveaway [Calendar 2021]

June 11, 2021

Tailgate season has returned! This is one of the more unique programs that the Community Action Agency runs.

Tailgate Food Giveaway conducts seasonal produce giveaways in 13 different cities throughout the counties we serve.

We are so happy this program is returning at full speed. We are still taking safety precautions so for the time being we expect the events to stay in the drive through format. 

We are hoping the events will still include other non-profit agency booths to provide education and assistance programs related to the produce, such as Cal Fresh, Public Health and Nutrition Education.

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Announcing the 530 Food Rescue Coalition

April 27, 2021

We are excited about the launch of our latest program in combating hunger and food waste in Butte County, the 530 Food Rescue Coalition!  It is community action at its best and we want to share it with you.

This effort is a partnership that the Community Action Agency of Butte County, Inc. has created with the Center for Healthy Communities. 

In an interview with KZFR Radio, Center for Healthy Communities' Health Education Specialist, Sheila McQuaid, talked about how the project came to be, what the focus of the 530 Food Rescue Coalition (530 FRC) will be, and what that means for our community. 

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