Featured Project:  “Reverse Food Truck” to address food insecurity and nutritional needs for families & individuals in the Sacramento Region

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Thanks to a story on NPR we were introduced to the idea of a “reverse” food truck. The concept is a food truck that accepts donations instead of selling food. The truck will bridge the produce gap and collect fresh food at farmer’s markets and other events. We want to bring awareness of the problem of hunger and lack of access to healthy food while collecting the needed produce and other food items. We want to “produce” change. In the short term, the truck will collect food to meet this gap in what our food banks need and what they have. In the long run, we hope to use the truck to increase awareness, educate our community on health, nutrition, the effects of poverty, and maybe even use the truck for food distribution or urban harvesting. Every dollar of your donation to the American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 1 Foundation will be used to support this project! Initially funds will go to getting the service up and running (e.g., buying, outfitting and maintaining the truck, and funding insurance and gas). Once established, the donated funds will be used to support ongoing efforts, including promoting the availability of food, buying additional food, and expanding to help as many people as possible.

Imagine tasting a blueberry for the first time. Most people probably can’t because we tasted them before our memories started. But what if the first time you tasted a blueberry you were in elementary school and the blueberries were brought in by a health educator to expose you to the foods that were difficult for your family to afford? 33% of the population in Sacramento County lives at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. Unfortunately, many of these individuals live in communities with poor access to fresh affordable produce. Eileen Thomas, Executive Director at River City Food bank, estimates that food banks in Sacramento County could use an additional 15,000 lbs. of food each month to meet the very basic needs of our food insecure community members. Most people are aware of the concept of a food truck