People who live around California Valley at the eastern corner of the county face challenges in sourcing healthy food. This region is considered a “food desert” since the nearest supermarket is 50 miles away in Atascadero.
And many in the community there have to make tough choices when it comes to deciding between food and other necessities. The Food Bank Coalition delivers groceries and fresh produce twice a month to this stark and beautiful corner of the county to people who struggle to stretch a dollar to cover housing, transportation, and health care.
Richard and Carol are appreciative of the food and how it gives them more options to put their money where it is needed. They moved from the bay area to be closer to her parents and have come to rely on the twice monthly food distributions at California Valley. “We’ve made a significant commitment to care for our mother and we don’t earn as much here as we did before. It’s only because of these food distributions that we are able to feed our whole family,” said Carol.
As a young couple, Daniel and Brenda, also have tough choices to make when it comes to their family budget. “When times have been tough in the past we’ve had to go to these distributions just to get by,” said Brenda. While it was Daniel’s first visit he was appreciative of the full bags of groceries and produce that they were taking home.
Food can be the fuel for dreams, as is the case for 18-year old Skylar who came to collect food for his parents. “We’re getting by as a family thanks to the food distributions here,” he says. “I am taking night classes now to prepare myself to work in public safety and I think I will have a chance to move out of the area in the next year. It’s hard to save money to pursue my dreams and this is helping feed my family and me.”
When you support the Food Bank Coalition, you not only help put a meal on a table, but you also take a hard decision off someone’s plate.