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
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 highlights from the interview, or click here to listen to the radio interview.
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
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.
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
Our friends at Spira Yoga & Wellness just wrapped up an inspiring event. Throughout the month of June, they offered 22 free yoga classes to the public in exchange for donations of food. This food drive was done in partnership with the Community Action Agency of Butte County and Feeding America.
We love it when businesses in our community get involved in our mission to help the 1 in 5 families that struggle with food insecurity. Yoga is a practice meant to nourish both the body and the mind. Though their food drive, Spira Yoga & Wellness was able to help spread that positive impact to the greater community. The food they collected will help feed the hungry and the very act of giving will benefit the metal and physical health of the students themselves. Helping others stimulates regions of the brain associated with social connection and trust, improving mental state and resulting in lower blood pressure in many cases. There are long-term health benefits to the act of giving.
We had a chance to speak with Amanda Correa, Program Director and Lead Trainer at Spira Yoga, about her experience. Here's what she had to say.Read More
After years of sending out mailers to our Food Bank supporters, we have decided to transition to online communication and donations. First of all, we just want to pause to say “THANK YOU!” to those of you who have been supporters of the Community Action Agency’s North State Food Bank.
Over the past few years, we have invested money in designing informative monthly fliers. We have loved doing this, however the money spent on design, printing, and stamps would do more good if we put it directly to our mission of feeding people in need.
Your donations are critical in supporting the work we do for families who are “food insecure.” If you’ve been keeping up, you already know that 1 in every 5 families in our region suffers from food insecurity. We are confident that you will continue to support the Food Bank, even with the shift to an online donation system.
Most of us take for granted the fact that our refrigerator is full of food. Many families don't have that luxury, and instead worry about where their next meal will come from. Please consider donating today. Here's how...Read More
As part of our community outreach, we bring the food to you! One of the more unique programs that the Community Action Agency runs is the Tailgate Food Giveaway. This program conducts seasonal produce giveaways in 15 different cities throughout the counties we serve. Tailgate events 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
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.
Photo from Red Bluff Daily News article by Jake Hutchison - SERRF programs blast off for showRead More