Kids Farmers Market to Kick Off Second Year of Produce Donations and Nutrition Education at Area Schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

Press contact:
Amanda McCarthy
Food Bank of Yolo County
[email protected]
530-668-0690

KIDS FARMERS MARKET TO KICK OFF SECOND YEAR OF PRODUCE DONATIONS AND
NUTRITION EDUCATION AT AREA SCHOOLS

Kids Farmers Market, a program of the Yolo Food Bank, will kick off its second year of after-school produce distribution and nutrition education at area schools. The program is currently in four schools in the county.

This event is hosted by Yolo Food Bank.  Sponsors include: Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, PG&E, Anderson Family Foundation, Wells Fargo, and the Safeway Foundation.  Community supporters include Yolo Food Connect and the Yolo Ag & Food Alliance.

This event is for media and not the general public. Please RSVP to Amanda McCarthy (contact info above) to get credentials to enter school grounds.

WHEN:    Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at 2 p.m.

WHERE:    Westfield Elementary School, 508 Poplar Avenue, West Sacramento

“With more than 24% of children in Yolo County being food-insecure; the  Kids Farmers Market is a fun, interactive way for Yolo Food Bank to provide these children with fresh, local produce and nutrition education each week and to ensure that they and their families have access to healthy foods.”
-Kevin Sanchez, Executive Director, Yolo Food Bank

“With generous support from the Yolo Food Bank, the Kids Farmers Market is providing Westfield’s scholars the opportunity to learn about the importance of eating a healthy diet in order to support active, healthy living. We are grateful for the opportunity to provide a well-rounded education for our scholars as a result of the Kids Farmers Market and the Yolo Food Bank.”
-Ryan Gonzales, Principal, Westfield Village Elementary School

“Kids Farmers Market is an innovative program that addresses nutrition, childhood obesity and food security,” said Saylor. “Students get a farmers market at their school with at least 10 lbs of produce to bring home to their families.”
-Don Saylor, Yolo County Board Supervisor, District 2

The mission of Yolo Food Bank is to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in Yolo County. Through our programs and partnerships with 60 non-profit partner agencies, approximately 25,000 residents are served each month. In addition, Yolo Food Bank is committed to nutrition and increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables.  In 2012, one-quarter of the food distributed by Yolo Food Bank was fresh produce.