Farm to Family program provides fresh produce for food insecure

Low-income residents attend an Imperial Valley Food Bank Pop-Up Farmers Market this summer at the Food Bank in El Centro. Farmers and packing sheds in and around the Imperial Valley will donate fresh produce to the Food Bank as part of the California Association of Food Bank’s Farm to Family program, and when donations are received by the Food Bank, the bounty is passed on to the residents here who struggle with food insecurity. COURTESY PHOTO IMPERIAL VALLEY FOOD BANK

EL CENTRO — In 2017, the Imperial Valley Food Bank received nearly 1.5 million pounds of food from farmers through the Farm to Family program, food that was essential in allowing the underprivileged to eat wholesome produce they otherwise could not afford.

The food insecurity rate in Imperial Valley is estimated at 17 percent for all residents, and 33 percent for Imperial County children, according to IVFB. These rates remain one of the worst in the nation and the highest in childhood hunger in the state of California.

Staff Writer Chris McDaniel can be reached at cmcdaniel@ivpressonline.com or 760-337-3440.

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