Yolo Grown

Yolo Food Bank’s Yolo Grown program increases access to Yolo County-grown fresh produce among food insecure Yolo County residents through a network of partnerships with local farmers and other food system partners. There are currently more than 30 Yolo Grown partners working with Yolo Food Bank to provide a sustainable source of fresh produce year-round. As a result, food bank clients receive higher quality, more diverse and culturally relevant produce throughout the year.
 
Budget
$100,000 per year
 
Program Successes
Summer produce procurement increased by over 55,000 pounds from 2016 to 2017.
 
Want to get involved?
  1. Volunteer to harvest at a local farm: This is by far our biggest need. We work with local farms to glean and harvest produce, typically from June – October, during the peak growing season. Keep an eye out on our volunteer calendar and social media for opportunities, or contact the Yolo Grown Coordinator for more information on upcoming events.
  2. Volunteer to sort and pack produce in our warehouse: We have two produce distribution programs that bring produce directly to our clients around the county. We usually pack for over 1,300 families per week, and need volunteers to help pack and sort the produce we send to these distributions.
Ways to Donate!
  1. Schedule a Pick Up: Our Operations team is happy to plan their daily route to travel to farms throughout Yolo County and pick up large produce donations.
    • To arrange this, contact our Yolo Grown Program Coordinator (below), who will work with staff to schedule a pick up. Once the food makes its way back to one of our locations, a receipt noting the poundage will be mailed or emailed to the address of the farmer.
  2. Drop Off a Donation: We accept small to medium-sized donations during our warehouse hours: M-F from 8:00 am – 3:30 pm. Our staff can help you unload the donation, will weigh it and give you a receipt with the pounds of produce recorded.
  3. Schedule a Field Harvest: We organize volunteer-run harvest days at local farms. If you’re a farmer with produce left in your field that you’d like to donate but can not harvest for us, please contact the Yolo Grown Program Coordinator (below) for more information.
  4. Contract Growing: We work with local farms to grow specific produce items for Yolo Food Bank.  We can provide donated seeds and other materials that support growing projects. Please contact the Yolo Grown Program Coordinator (below) for more information.
FAQs
  1. What if I can’t get to you during regular business hours? Our organization has limited resources to make trips outside of business hours, however we hate to see food go to waste. Please call us if you need to make special arrangements, and we can determine if there’s a way to work together to make it happen.
  2. Do I qualify for any tax benefits by donating? The 2015 PATH Act expanded federal tax deductions for farmers’ charitable donations. Our organization will provide a receipt with the total pounds of food donated, however we cannot assign a dollar value to the food. Agricultural producers should talk to their tax advisors to help answer any questions they have about determining the fair market value of the products donated.
For more information please contact our Yolo Grown Program Coordinator at liz@yolofoodbank.org or 530-668-0690.
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