Even though sports have been cancelled, we are still tailgating! One of the more unique programs that the Community Action Agency runs is the Tailgate Food Giveaway.
This program conducts seasonal produce giveaways in 13 different cities throughout the counties we serve.
We are so happy to say we can still put on this program even in light of COVID19. We are taking safety precautions so the event will look a little different than years past.
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.Read More
Our mission is to improve the economic security of low-income individuals, and we enjoy sharing stories of success in our community. It's a great way to show everyone that our work at Butte CAA is having a positive impact on lives.
However, stories can only tell part of the picture. Our very own CEO, Thomas Tenorio, visited Vince Haney at KKXX Chico NOW! radio and had a conversation about Butte CAA's impact measured in numbers.Read More
In response to the pandemic COVID-19, Butte CAA will be hosting 10 Emergency Local Food Distribution events, in local communities throughout the North State. The distributions will occur one event per day, on Mondays and Fridays from 9am-12noon through June 1st at various locations.
The effort is conducted by our CAA North State Food Bank where volunteers will distribute food at no cost to those attending. The distributions are intended for the local residents of the communities where the event is happening in order to responsibly, safely, and effectively get food to our North State communities who are in need of assistance.Read More
Though the United States is one of the wealthiest and agriculturally advanced countries in the world, food insecurity for its citizens is still a very prevalent issue.Read More
September is National Hunger Action Month. Here at Butte CAA we deal with hungry families every day. Our North State Food Bank helps food-insecure families fill their cupboards with essential food items. In the wake of the Camp Fire the need for food and nutrition support in this region has increased, but we are up to the task, especially with the support of local community members like you.Read More
Evidence shows that families who experience food insecurity, pass down that psychological stress to their children. When parents are unable to feed their children, it leads to depression, aggravation, and anxiety. When parents are in this constant state, that psychological trauma gets passed down to their children; which can have a severe negative impact on child development and their over all well being.
According to the Center for Poverty Research at UC, Davis:
"Such circumstances have a direct negative impact on children’s behavioral development. For example, heightened parental depression and anxiety prompted by food insecurity has been linked to aggressiveness, anxiety and hyperactivity in three-year-olds."
Considering that 40% of Americans are at risk of poverty, that is an overwhelming amount of our children put at unnecessary risk. In a recent article by Kevin Gee, an Associate Professor of Education at UC Davis and Minahil Asim, a PhD candidate in education policy at UC Davis, they highlight the detrimental impacts of parenting aggravation and how food insecurity negatively affects children's executive functioning by reducing their ability to pay attention and compromising their self- control. We have selected highlights from the article below, you can read the full article by clicking here.
Posted by: The Center for Poverty Research, UC Davis
- Parents struggling with food insecurity can experience heightened levels of stress, anxiety, and depression.
- Parenting aggravation that coincides with food insecurity is negatively associated with children’s executive functioning.
- Supporting food-insecure parents may improve parenting and thus have benefits both for parents and their children
Since the tragedy of the Camp Fire rocked Butte County and surrounding areas, our North State Food Bank has been in full swing, getting food to people in need. This is not a short-term relief effort by an means. With people displaced from their homes and no certain timeline for returning, the need for support for the North State Food Bank remains high.
What Have We Accomplished So Far?
Thanks to the generosity of this community as well as outside donors, our North State Food Bank has distributed 93,000 pounds of food for Camp Fire relief efforts in collaboration with Grassroots Alliance. Community support continues to come in, recently the North State Food Bank received a generous donation from Golden State Farm Credit and several sister Farm Credit agencies from California and other states in the amount of $51,500 for Camp Fire relief. What an amazing gift! In response to this generous donation our CEO, Tom Tenorio had this to say.
We're thankful for the support of our local agriculture and ranching communities whose continued collaboration with our CAA North State Food Bank ensures that our community members have access to healthy, nutritious food.
-Tom Tenorio, CEO of Butte CAA
2018 is quickly coming to a close and we are so grateful for all the community support we have seen. During the Camp Fire emergency and the ongoing relief efforts you showed us that Butte County is a community that cares. You took in your friends and neighbors who were displaced, you donated food and clothing and came together as a community to lift each others spirits. We are seeing light at the end of the tunnel, but there is still much work to do. Consider making your tax-deductible donation before the end of the year, or find a volunteer opportunity that's right for you. You might be surprised to find that there are several mental and physical benefits you can get from the act of giving.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