In 2018 32,300 (14.2%) of Butte County residents and 23.3% of all children in the County experienced food insecurity at some point during the last year according to estimates from Feeding America. New estimates from after the Camp Fire have not been released.
1 in 5 Northern California residents struggle with hunger related issues and the majority of these households have at least one adult that works full-time.
Caring Choices has a new program: Bridging Resources and Nutrition for Community Health (B.R.A.N.C.H). Through the project, Caring Choices aims to reduce barriers and increase accessibility of fresh nutritious food to residents facing food insecurity in Northern California. The B.R.A.N.C.H program offers free, fresh produce, non perishable food items, and pet food depending on availability. We are excited to bring this program to our community and are working on multiple funding sources to continue this program for the long term. Caring Choices believes everyone should have access to fresh healthy produce.
Caring Choices has partnered with Gold Roots Farm in Tehama County to collect any leftover produce after the Wednesday Chico Farmers Market. The extra fresh locally grown produce, along with nonperishable items are available to residents in Chico. Clients have loved receiving the fresh produce, as many are unable to financially purchase produce themselves. Please visit our Chico office Food Pantry to enroll.
We have established relationships with local growers, distributors and other community partners to collect the food our community needs.
We take community donations! If you have excess produce from your garden, gleaning, or purchased we will take it! Call 530.899.3873
Serving Northern California
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