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Hunger Initiatives

In an effort to effectively reach people struggling with food insecurity in Sonoma County, the Redwood Empire Food Bank operates three strategic hunger initiatives - Every Child-Every Day, Senior Security, and the Neighborhood Hunger Network.

Every Child, Every Day

Providing food security for all children

Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) provides families and low-income people of any age a monthly offering of government commodities supplemented by fresh produce, bread and donated groceries, at 26 distribution sites in Sonoma County.

Farm Fresh Pantries at key locations throughout Sonoma County provide produce to put every at-risk child on the road to good health.

Farm to Family School Pantry Program: Open to all families with children enrolled at five high need elementary schools - Monroe, Lincoln, Luther Burbank and Taylor Mountain in Santa Rosa and McDowell Elementary School in Petaluma. Weekly distributions offering fresh produce and groceries are held at the end of the school day as parents pick up their children. Nutrition education is a key component of each distribution encouraging families to eat healthy foods especially fruits and vegetables.

The BackPack Project distributes a 7-10 pound bag of kid-friendly groceries to low-income children each Friday at the end of the school day to help their families through the weekend.

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) for low-income children under 6 years of age, and low-income pregnant or breast feeding women, provides a 30 lb. box of nutritious staples each month.

The Every Child, Every Day Hunger-Free Summer delivers free hot and healthy meals and a variety of fun activities to children at 45 community based sites throughout Sonoma County every summer.

The Megan Furth Harvest Pantry provides fresh fruits and vegetables to families with children 0-5 years of age from a mobile pantry that travels to selected sites in 9 communities. Our goal is to prevent anemia and obesity in young children through nutrition education, physical activity promotion and the distribution of iron-rich produce.

Snacks for Kids offers a nutritious snack five days a week to low-income children participating in after-school activity and enrichment programs.

Amp It Up feeds more than 2,000 children a day a nutritious and delicious supper at 31 after-school enrichment programs in at-risk neighborhoods.

Value Market, at the Redwood Empire Food Bank, 3990 Brickway Ave, in Santa Rosa, offers families with Women, Infants and Children (WIC) vouchers, a CalFresh EBT card or cash a supportive, respectful and easy place to shop. See our Value Market page for great deals in the store today.

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Senior Security

Many seniors in our community are living on fixed incomes that are not adequate to take care of their basic needs. The REFB's monthly grocery boxes, weekly produce pantries and special nutrition programs provide the nutritional stability seniors need to lead healthy and independent lives. As one senior explained, "All I really need is to know there will be something to eat in the cupboard when I open the door".

Senior Security features three programs that directly assist seniors and are strategically located throughout Sonoma County

The Brown Bag Program provides supplemental groceries and fresh produce once a month to low-income seniors at 19 locations in 6 towns and through home delivery.

Diabetes Wellness Project helps seniors on limited, fixed incomes that are diagnosed with diabetes have access to nutritious foods and vital information appropriate for a diabetic diet so that they can lead healthy and independent lives.

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) offers a 30-40 lb. box of food once a month to low-income participants aged 60 and over. There are 46 distribution sites in 12 towns throughout Sonoma County as well as distributions in Lake, Del Norte, Humboldt and Mendocino County.

The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Indepenedence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

El Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (por sus siglas en ingles ''USDA") prohibe Ia discriminacion contra sus clientes, ·empleados y solicitantes de empleo por raza, color, origen nacional, edad, discapacidad, sexo, identidad de genero, religion, represalias y. segun corresponda, convicciones politicas, estado civil, estado familiar o paternal, orientacion sexual, o si los ingresos de una persona provienen en su totalidad o en parte de un programa de asistencia publica, o informacion genetica protegida de empleo o de cualquier programa o actividad realizada o financiada por el Departamento. (No todos los criterios prohibidos se aplicaran a todos los programas y/o actividades laborales).

Si desea presentar una queja por discriminacion del programa de Derechos Civiles, complete el USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (formulario de quejas por discrimi naci6n del programa del USDA), que puede encontrar en internet en www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust, o en cualquier oficina del USDA, o Harne al (866) 632-9992 para solicitar el formulario. Tambien puede escribir una carta con toda Ia informacion solicitada en el formulario. Envienos su formulario de queja complete o carta por correo postal a U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, por fax al (2Q2) 690-7442 o por correo electronico a program.intake@usda.gov.

Las personas sordas, con dificultades auditivas o con discapacidad del habla pueden contactar al USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service (Servicio federal de transmision) al (800) 877-8339 o (800) 845-6136 (en espaiiol).

Para obtener mas informacion acerca de cuestiones del programa SNAP, las personas deben contactar al numero de linea directa del USDA SNAP al (800) 221-5689, que tambien esta en espafiol, o Hamar a State Information/Hotline Numbers (de clic en el enlace para obtener un listado de numeros de linea directa por estado); lo puede encontrar en internet en www.fns.usda.gov/snap.

El USDA es un proveedor y empleador que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

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Neighborhood Hunger Network

The Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) defines ending hunger as providing sufficient resources in all areas of the county for anyone seeking food assistance. We accomplish this through our own direct service food distributions as well as through our partnering agencies which create a network of pantries, kitchens, shelters, group homes, child care facilities and other programs in all areas of Sonoma County. The REFB is the hub of 175 Agencies with 264 programs located in every city, town and unincorporated area of Sonoma County. Agencies shop at the REFB to support their programs.

Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) provides low-income people of any age a monthly offering of government commodities supplemented by fresh produce, bread and donated groceries at 26 distribution sites in Sonoma County.

Farm Fresh Pantries welcome all ages and offer fresh produce to people in need.

Any one in search of food assistance should call 707 523-7900 and ask for information and referral M-F, 8am - 4:30pm.

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