Editorial: Cuts to Food Stamps make getting by that much harder

"Could you survive on $5 worth of food per day? Probably. Three packets of ramen noodles. Maybe a hotdog. Possibly a small milk carton for one meal. Water for the rest. 

Just ask Yolo County Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada. Every year she tries to live for a day on the allowance for Food Stamps. It's not easy.

You could get by -- but it would not be the life of luxury that many people imagine when they hear "food stamps." Yes, we've heard the horror stories of waste, fraud and abuse in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- the actual name of the federal food stamp program. 

No doubt, there is abuse in the system. But neither is there any doubt that the program helps many desperately poor people."

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FOCUS ON HEALTH: Food Bank fighting rural hunger in Yolo County

"It's no secret that the current economic climate has caused newfound hardship for many of us. However, difficult times are, sadly, a way of life for many families living in rural areas.

According to the 2000 Census, more than 19 percent of Americans, 55 million people, live in non-metropolitan areas throughout the United States. Just as in urban areas, the cost of living, including heating and housing costs, is rising; and people living in rural communities face unique challenges..."

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Pumpkins and persimmons: food security for Yolo County youths

"As temperatures get cooler and families are planning for holidays, Yolo Food Bank is seeing record numbers of participants in our programs, many of whom are children. The need for food is ongoing, especially for families trying to make ends meet. According to Feeding America’s Map The Meal Gap, 24.4 percent of children in Yolo County are food-insecure.

Not only is nutrition vital to the health and well-being of children, it is imperative for their emotional development. Children who are hungry experience higher rates of illness and obesity, impaired ability to concentrate, and increased behavioral problems. Knowing this, Yolo Food Bank has created a variety of programs to specifically address hunger among low-income children..."

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Kids Farmers Markets Have Youngsters Eating Well

"April Vargas loves the Kids Farmers Market that takes place on Friday afternoons when class lets out at Whitehead Elementary School in Woodland. She loves using “funny money” to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, to sample some tasty produce and to try her hand at a game or two. In fact, when her dad had to pick her up right after school one recent Friday, and she didn’t get to participate, April was mad, said her mom, Lupita Vargas. And this from a little girl who was never particularly fond of fruits and vegetables..."

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Yolo Food Bank gets new name, logo

"Through an extensive re-branding effort, Yolo County's Woodland-based food bank has unveiled its new logo and name, Yolo Food Bank.

Formerly the Food Bank of Yolo County, Yolo Food Bank further announced the launch of its new website, yolofoodbank.org.

"The name change and new logo are a reflection of the commitment that Yolo Food Bank has to providing local, healthy food to the people in our county who need it most," explained Executive Director Kevin Sanchez. "Yolo County is rich in agriculture and produce, and the Food Bank has prioritized the distribution of these and other healthy foods to the 25,000 people it serves each month."

Yolo Food Bank solicited the help of Branded Sac to design a logo that would convey the organization's priority to provide healthy produce, community programs and nutrition."

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Hunger in America 2014

Yolo Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, a national network of food banks. As a member we had the opportunity to participate in Hunger in America 2014a comprehensive study which will bring attention to this issue in Yolo County.

The Hunger in America 2014 study represents a continuation of research conducted over the past 19 years to provide a national profile of charitable food recipients and the agencies and programs that they access for assistance. The study provides the most comprehensive information on charitable food recipients and services at the local and national level.  Previously, Hunger in America 2010, was the largest and most comprehensive study of domestic charitable food assistance ever conducted, stemming from over 61,000 client interviews and 37,000 agency survey responses.

Ultimately, our participation in and the results of the Hunger Study will allow Yolo Food Bank to better serve our partner agencies, improve existing programs, and develop new programs to address the needs of our community.

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Libraries team up with food bank all summer

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Tribe honors its philanthropic partners

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Target Davis Volunteers With Food Bank of Yolo County

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Food 4 Thought: May 2013 Newsletter

The emotional toll of a bare pantry, School's Out but Hunger's Not, and more.

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