Did you know that 1 in 3 kids in our community struggle with hunger? Central California Food Bank provides food and hope to more than 280,000 people each month, including 100,000 children. We'll let them tell you how much they appreciate it. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for the food. Thanks for the food! I love the food. I'm shy. I like the food you send. Thank you for the food. I do better in school now. The food makes me concentrate on my school and on my work and it makes me really, and it makes me get good grades. The food helps me concentrate. It make me so strong. Through Aetna's Voices of Health program you have a chance to make a difference by helping us win a $20,000 grant from Aetna. Vote now for Central California Food Bank.
Central California Food Bank is the Fresno, California region's largest nonprofit organization focused solely on ending hunger. Our mission is to fight hunger by gathering and distributing food, engaging in partnerships that advance self-sufficiency, and providing community leadership on issues related to hunger. Through these efforts, we envision a hunger-free Central California.
Through our comprehensive hunger-relief programs and services, Central California Food Bank provides food to more than 280,000 people each month, including nearly 100,000 children throughout Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kings, and Kern Counties.
Direct services include our Neighborhood Market and Mobile Pantry fresh produce programs, children's BackPack program which supplies students with a backpack of food every Friday to take home over the weekend and during the summer, School Pantry program, CalFresh (SNAP) Outreach, and USDA Emergency Food Assistance program.
Through our partner Pantry Program, we collaborate with and provide food to more than 220 partner food pantries administered by other local nonprofit organizations and schools. Our partner organizations include community centers, K-12 schools and higher education institutions, faith-based organizations, senior centers, and more.
Central California Food Bank began in 1992 as Food Opportunities Organization & Distribution (FOOD), Inc. A small group of men and women were dedicated to seeing that people in the city of Fresno did not go hungry, so they started gathering and storing food in a rented corner of a small warehouse at the Fresno Fairgrounds. Twenty-five years later, the organization has grown exponentially, expanding to serve five counties and becoming the largest hunger-relief organization in the region. In our community, we are known for reducing hunger, making healthy food more accessible to people in low-income and rural neighborhoods, and advocating for hunger-relief on a regional and national level.