We partner with schools and after-school programs across the county to provide fresh produce to students in need. Similar to a real farmers market, children are provided a reusable bag and mock money, or “Food Bank Bucks", to be used to choose which produce and the amount they would like to take home to share with their families.
Typically, participants take home approximately 15 pounds of produce, ranging from in-season items like potatoes, apples, oranges, pomegranates, cabbage, lemons, sweet limes, pears, red-leaf lettuce. This produce is either harvested locally through our GleanSLO program or sourced from the California Association of Food Banks.
In addition to "shopping" for fresh produce, the Food Bank also provides nutrition education in the form of enrichment activities to teach children the benefit of choosing healthy foods and shopping from local farmers. We believe that working with youth between the ages of 0-18 allows the student to learn at an early age the benefits of a nutritious diet and sharing with their families what they have learned at the Children’s Farmers’ Market.
Must! Charities provided us with the means to expand our Children's Farmer's Market program. Their generous gift of $27,000 has enabled us to coordinate 10 sites on a monthly basis which will help more children and their families eat healthy!
Wild 106.1 FM is our Children's Farmer's Market corporate radio sponsor!
Our mission is to work with a network of community partners to alleviate hunger in San Luis Obispo County and build a healthier community.