FAIRFIELD — The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano recently received good news – the organization once again got a Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit grant.
That $25,000 is crucial to the food bank and essential to the program it funds, said Caitlin Sly, the food bank’s program director. The money goes to the Farm 2 Kids Program that delivers fresh produce to low-income Solano County schools in the Fairfield-Suisun, Vacaville, Dixon and Vallejo school districts. The produce then goes home with the children.
Sly said that not receiving the grant would have had a “severe” impact on the organization.
“We most likely would be able to keep the program running for a little while with other funds, but long term, we wouldn’t be able to do it (at the level) it is now,” she said.
The food bank is not the only organization to heave a sigh of relief – 40 others in Solano and Napa counties will also receive grants totaling $800,000.
Meals on Wheels of Solano County received $20,000 that will be used to purchase food, said Executive Director Cathy Hall.
“It’s incredibly instrumental in keeping us going,” she said. “They’ve been a huge support for us.”
Like many nonprofit organizations, Meals on Wheels was hit in the pocketbook by government cutbacks. Just when funds are beginning to trickle back, Hall said, “now we have this thing called the drought.”
“Raw foods have gone up,” she said or costs. “Food programs are so hard to run because there are so many variables throughout the year.”
The yearly grant program invites local organizations to apply for financial support for specific programs and projects. Project proposals must align with one of the four Kaiser Permanente grant objectives, according to a press release issued by Kaiser.
The four areas are: to improve access to health care, health services and health education; to support healthy eating; to help train and develop the youth workforce; and to create safe environments for individuals and families to live, work, walk and play.
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