2018 Charity Recipient Announced!
Congratulations to Yolo Food Bank! The Yolo Food Bank received the most public votes of our 3 finalists and will receive up to $10,000 in painting services from Brooks Painting. You can learn more about the Yolo Food Bank below.
YOLO FOOD BANK
15% of residents in Yolo County are food insecure, and 18% of its residents live in poverty. Every night in Yolo County, children, seniors and adults are going to bed hungry, while we live in one of the richest agricultural areas in the nation. Yolo Food Bank has responded to urgent issues of food insecurity by creating the Kids Farmers Market Program, Eat Well Yolo Produce Distribution Program, and the Emergency Food Assistance Program in addition to partnering with over 69 Yolo County partner agencies across the county that serve both rural and urban populations. Food insecurity, poverty, housing insecurity, disparate health and educational outcomes, and barriers to social mobility are all inextricably linked. Impacting one, impacts all. The Yolo Food Bank has been fighting to end hunger and malnutrition in Yolo County for over 40 years. It currently feeds approximately 52,000 community members per month out of a ramshackle collection of steel sheds. Currently they are undergoing a project to construct a modern 38,000-square-foot food distribution facility. The new facility will have substantial cold storage capacity that will enable the distribution of a significantly greater amount of nutritious fresh produce to those community members most in need. The Food Bank has raised $4.5 million in capital campaign gifts, but still has to raise another $2.5 million to complete the project. Ten thousand dollars in donated painting services from Brooks Painting will have a great impact, not only on this worthy project, but on the 69 partner agencies and the 52,000 community members the Yolo Food Bank serves.