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Our mission is to feed the hungry in Yolo County.
We accomplish our mission by establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with dozens of non-profit programs, private and public sector agencies, and service organizations throughout Yolo County, and by fostering mutually beneficial arrangements with commercial retail and wholesale food donors.
Since 1970, Yolo Food Bank's mission has been to alleviate hunger and malnutrition throughout Yolo County. As the largest hunger-relief organization in the County, the Food Bank serves more than 23,000 low-income Yolo County residents each month through a variety of direct distributions and through services provided by a network of 60 partner agencies. Annually, we distribute three million pounds of food, more than one-quarter (27.3%) of which is fresh produce.
With a staff of 17 and more than 460 volunteers, the Food Bank provides food to Yolo County residents
throughout Yolo County, which includes three urban areas (Davis, West Sacramento and Woodland) and all of the rural and unincorporated locales that cover the majority of the county. Our eight direct and indirect distribution programs include:
1) Children's Harvest provides 330 families, with children ages five and younger, with fresh produce twice per month. Families can access this program at Yolo Family Resource Centers located in Arbuckle (serving Dunnigan), Clarksburg, Davis, Esparto, Knights Landing, Winters and Yolo.
2) Kids Farmers Market provides a free weekly afterschool farmers' market to over 900 preschool and elementary school students at five schools in Yolo County.
3) Tuesday's and Friday’s Table provides approximately 300 residents a week with ongoing access to fresh, nutritious foods. Community members in need of food assistance can attend weekly distributions in Woodland to receive fruits, vegetables, and other perishable goods such as bread, meat, dairy and fresh flowers.
4) Emergency Food Assistance Program provides emergency food to over 6,900 low-income households a month through distributions at the Food Bank, food closets and meal programs throughout the County.
5) Rural Food Delivery program provides a monthly distribution of 30-pound boxes of non-perishable foods to more than 750 food insecure families in remote areas of Yolo County at nine rural sites and two seasonal migrant camps.
6) Senior Grocery Program is a pilot program that provides low-income Yolo County seniors with ongoing access to nonperishable foods and toiletries through monthly distributions at senior housing complexes.
7) Holiday Food Distribution program that provided food for over 4,600 families during Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter last year. During the Holiday season, participating households receive the components to create a holiday meal, which includes meat, an assortment of seasonal produce and a variety of non-perishable goods.
8) Partner Agency Program - Food obtained by the Food Bank is made available to 60 partner agencies that distribute these commodities to Yolo County residents in need through the agency soup kitchens, food pantries, senior centers, group homes, emergency shelters, and transitional housing programs.These programs enable the Food Bank to provide food to the majority of Yolo County residents who are food insecure.