For nearly 50 years, Yolo Food Bank has led the battle against hunger in our community. What began as a volunteer-run, backyard “gleaning” program, is today the county’s largest hunger relief organization, distributing more than four million pounds of food and fresh produce per year, and serving 55,000 individuals each month. Although Yolo County is one of the most bountiful agricultural regions in the nation, more than 21% of our county’s residents — including 1 in 4 children — don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Senior citizens, people with intellectual disabilities, the homeless and other vulnerable populations are particularly impacted.
Nearly 70 nonprofit organizations supporting food-insecure Yolo County residents depend upon Yolo Food Bank for the majority of the food they serve and distribute. Additionally, Yolo Food Bank provides several weekly direct distributions of fresh produce throughout the community. Currently, this work so critical to the common good of our county, is headquartered in a cluster of outdated metal sheds.
The EndHungerYolo Capital Campaign will enable Yolo Food Bank to:
- Serve more food-insecure members of our community
- Increase the quality and quantity of food available by improving our capability to store food properly and distribute it in a timely manner
- Provide food nutrition education
Philanthropic gifts to the EndHungerYolo Capital Campaign are needed to refurbish a 36,000 square-foot warehouse facility which will serve as our new home. This site will serve as a comprehensive hub for increased cold storage capacity for perishable items, enhanced storage conditions for all food, the work of hundreds of passionate volunteers who sort and repackage food for distribution, and the nonprofit partners who pick up food each day for soup kitchens, pantries, food closets and faith-based organizations across Yolo County.
You have the power to transform a generation of food-insecure Yolo County residents, elevating their potential and empowering them to become the community members who help others to feed themselves. It is a cycle that starts with you, and a cycle that starts now to ensure that all Yolo County residents don’t just survive, but thrive. Please join us to EndHungerYolo now.
Dollars raised to date: $7.3 M
Remaining funds required to complete project: $100,000
Project completion/move-in: March 2019