FNS Packages at Work within the San Francisco Bay Space

Posted by Cindy Lengthy, FNS Administrator in

Meals and Diet

Aug 23, 2022

FNSC Deputy Under Secretary Stacy Dean, California Department of Education Child Nutrition Program Director Kim Frinzell, FNS Administrator Cindy Long, California Department of Food & Agriculture Office of Farm to Fork Nick Anicich and West Contra Costa Unified School District Food Service Director Barbara Jellison visit Davis Park in front of the WCCUSD ‘Fresh Wheels’ mobile kitchen

In early August, Deputy Below Secretary Stacy Dean and I travelled to San Francisco for conferences and occasions associated to the work the USDA Meals and Diet Service does to assist native communities. On August 3, we spent the day visiting packages across the Bay Space that have an effect on addressing starvation.

Our first cease was Davis Park in San Pablo, which is one website the place the West Costa Contra Unified College District (WCCUSD) gives summer time meals. There we noticed youngsters of all ages enjoying, however extra importantly, having fun with a recent, domestically sourced, and scratch-cooked meal. WCCUSD feeds 250 youngsters a day at this one location and after seeing the meals they served, we may see why. It appeared, and smelled, scrumptious!

On the summer time meal website, we additionally noticed the significance of partnerships and collaboration to make a distinction in addressing childhood starvation. The WCCUSD companions with the town, the county, the state, the federal authorities, native farmers, non-profits, dad and mom, and volunteers to supply wholesome and scrumptious meals, and enhance diet consciousness. On today on the summer time meals website, for example, a neighborhood farmer was available providing samples of stone fruit for the youngsters to style take a look at. An area non-profit, Aware Kitchen, was additionally there with quite a lot of raspberries to pattern and give-away packages of different recent fruit for the households to take residence to take pleasure in later. It was an ideal instance of how all these organizations working along with a typical objective could make a huge impact in native communities.

Organic strawberries, peaches, and different colors of raspberries

We have been additionally delighted to see the WCCUSD’s cellular kitchen, Contemporary Wheels, which was bought with USDA grant funding. The intense yellow food truck adorned with colourful work of vegatables and fruits permits the district to supply summer time meals in low-income distant areas the place households could not in any other case have entry.

Subsequent, we met with the management on the Alameda County Neighborhood Meals Financial institution and heard concerning the unimaginable work they’re doing to feed folks of their neighborhood. We have been additionally capable of see their warehouse enlargement, which is able to strengthen their potential to serve their neighborhood.

We wrapped up the day on the Coronary heart of the Metropolis Farmers Market in San Francisco. This farmers market redeems extra diet help advantages than some other within the nation. That’s over $3 million a 12 months in Supplemental Diet Help Program (SNAP) advantages and grant-funded incentives to assist low-income households enhance their buying energy of vegatables and fruits from native farmers.

Partaking with the companions that administer FNS packages and make them successful, in addition to youngsters and households that take part in these packages, is so rewarding. It’s an incredible reminder of why we do what we do right here at FNS: to make sure that everybody can entry protected, wholesome, and nutritious food.

A local farmer brought fresh fruit for a Taste Testing during the summer meal service at Davis Park in San Pablo, California

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