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Building Healthy Environments
Farm to School Resources

Photo Gallery: Thrive Fest 2005, November 5

Photo Gallery: Fresno Community Garden Summit: "Growing Communities", April 15 & 16

More information about this exciting gathering on the Fresno Community Garden Coaltion home page

Updated UCLA Report on Hunger

Fresno Metro Ministry’s Community Hunger and Nutrition Forum is concerned of a repeat of hunger as serious as the Freeze of ’98. The FEMA funding for food and shelter has already been disbursed in Fresno County, and it is just getting cold; CalWorks welfare leavers will be off public benefits at the beginning of the year; and the conversion to EBT Food Stamps (debit card) will take place at the same time. All of this on top of 83,000 Fresno County adult residents Food Insecure, and at least 26,000 adults Food Insecure with Hunger, NOW.

Data released Election Day shows Hunger in Fresno and Tulare Counties, breadbasket of the world, to be the worst in the State with Food Insecurity rates of over 40% of the adult population. That is too many hungry adults, responsible for too many children. The UCLA CHIS study confirms that poverty, unemployment, and seasonal work do not put food on the table for families here. Significantly, this study does not include children, or farmworkers and others who do not have telephones. The response from our neighbors and elected representatives must be to create systemic, sustainable change in the torn safety net. The health and safety of this area are at grave risk.


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April 12, 2006
Excerpts and Summary of: Obesity and Chronic Disease Prevention from a Health Providers Perspective; Health Plans and Developing a Toolkit for Doctors


Agenda/Register:
March 8, 2006

Building Healthy Environments


Community Food Assessment Flyer


To download the Forum Notes since 2000, please click here.


The Community Hunger and Nutrition Forums supported by Fresno Metro Ministry provide an opportunity for members of the Fresno area to collaborate and problem-solve around specific issues of Food Security for our neighbors, and the impact hunger has on health. The goal of the Forums on Community Hunger and Nutrition is to increase the utilization of nutritional, culturally appropriate foods in Fresno through collaboration around specific issues and increased access to nutritious food by those who are hungry. Below you will find information regarding the time and location of the Forums, participants involved, themes, notes and evaluations for all previous Forums available for downloading, as well as sponsorship information. The agenda for next month's Forum is available in the box to the right.

HungerThe Forums are sponsored by Fresno Metro Ministry, and funded in part by the California Dept. of Health Services, Cancer Prevention and Nutrition Section by the US Department of Agriculture. Additional funding is provided by MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, and the Rosenberg Foundation. The Community Hunger and Nutrition Forums take place the second Wednesday of every month from 12 Noon to 1:30 PM at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 3973 N. Cedar, Fresno, California (between Ashlan and Dakota on the West Side of Cedar). Complementary demonstrations of nutritious, economical, and culturally varied snacks are provided. There is no charge for participation.

Fresno Metro Ministry has been involved in community solutions to hunger issues over the last 30 years, primarily in response to hunger crisis: the Big Freezes of 1990 and 1998, the need for a Community Food Bank with adequate freezer space, and when issues of health and nutrition have became a focus of the community because of entrenched poverty. Fresno Metro Ministry has responded by gathering the people impacted and finding solutions. Beginning in 2000, with the support of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, Hunger and Nutrition Roundtables were held in the spring. The focus was the training of local advocates by the California Food Policy Advocates, and learning about emergent issues of Food Stamps: finger imaging, and 'public charge' issues for immigrants. When Finger Imaging became a requirement for application for Food Stamps by California Law, this Forum began education on the issue. The recent Forums have addressed the effects of childhood hunger; the impact of hunger on families; cultural heritage around food and nutrition; systemic and legislative issues around food. A Policy Group has been established, and task groups are forming around identified gaps and barriers to all people in Fresno having enough nutritional culturally appropriate food.

Participants have included consumers, community based organizations, clergy, food policy advocates, providers of emergency food, school personnel, nutritionists, health care providers, children's advocates, governmental and welfare workers, agricultural representatives, health professionals, low-income persons, representatives of various ethnic groups, college and high school students, elected officials and their representatives, local media reporters and interested individuals.

One or two different themes are addressed at each Forum, with one or more speakers or presentations. Most Forums include a State Legislative Update and follow-up on previous topics. The Policy Group presents their progress monthly. An Inventory of Food Resources in Fresno is being compiled. Why 1000s of Kids are Hungry in Fresno gives information on the impact of food insecurity in Fresno.

The Community Hunger and Nutrition Forum invites your organization to sponsor one of the Forums. The $500 sponsorship supplements funding and outreach by the Forum. Sponsors are provided ten minutes at the Forum to feature their organization. They are also welcome to provide input on the theme for that month.

If you are interested in participating in the monthly Community Hunger and Nutrition Forums, please go to Contact Us to reserve space or sponsor a future Roundtable.

Download EBT resources, notes, and participant evaluations from previous Forums in Adobe Acrobat PDF format below.

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Hunger & Nutrition Resources

 Topic:  Download in PDF Format:
Summer Lunch '06: Resources for Summer Lunch Download this file
Summer Lunch '06: List of Summer Lunch Locations Download this file
Summer Lunch '06: Flier for sites operating a Summer Lunch Program Download this file
Summer Lunch '06: Flier advertising 800# for people looking for a site near them Download this file
Farm Fresh Wednesdays: Report & Recommendations - February, 2006 Download this file
Fresno Fresh Access: Community Food Assessment Report 2003-2005 - Summary Presentation 9/14/05
Key factors in food availability, accessibility, affordability and quality in Fresno County
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Fresno high schools get $1.7 million to peddle pop! 2 minute video of 8/10/05 Fresno Metro Ministry Forum See and hear the video
"What's for lunch? Demand better meals in the schools, a supersized reality rears its head: truly healthy food costs more and getting kids to eat it is a battle in itself" by Kathryn Jessup- SF Magazine, Aug 2005 Download this file
Fresno County Board of Supervisors Proclamation: 'March is Nutrition Month' Download this file
Sustainable Farms, Healthy Communities: Building a Local Food Network - Community Alliance, Feb 2005 Download this file
Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows/Congressional Hunger Center Report (2-4-05): GROWING HEALTH AND WEALTH - Food Stamp Outreach and Participation in California’s Central Valley and Beyond Download this file
Press Release December, 2004: Selma Flea Market Goes High-Tech: Customers can now use Food Stamps to buy fresh produce Download this file
Fresno County Board of Supervisors Resolution to to improve access to the Food Stamp Program Download this file
Healthy School Environment Policy Committee Request to FUSD, dated 6-9-04 Download this file
Elderly Hmong Food Security Data Survey Download this file
EBT County Decisions 2002 Download this file
Fresno Hunger Flyer Download this file
Food Resources in Fresno Download this file
Voices of Hmong Elders on Hunger, Nutrition, Healthcare and Needs for Recognition Download this file
Sierra High students write about schools signing exclusive contracts with soda companies. Download this file
Fresno County Hunger Summit Download this file
Summer Lunch Regional Summit in Fresno Download this file
Hunger Summit Food Stamp Program Handout Download this file
Fresno County Food Stamp Chart 1998-2003 Download this file
CHIS Report on Hunger and Food Insecurity in California Download this file


2006 Hunger & Nutrition Notes and Participant Evaluations

 Date:  Topic:
April 12, 2006 Excerpts and Summary of: Obesity and Chronic Disease Prevention from a Health Providers Perspective; Health Plans and Developing a Toolkit for Doctors
March 8, 2006 Excerpts and Summary of Forum & Training: Building Healthy Environments
February 8, 2006 Excerpts and Summary of: A Taste of the Farm - Report on Farm to School/Farm Fresh Wednesdays Pilot
January 11, 2006 2006: The State of the Plate in Fresno


2005 Hunger & Nutrition Notes and Participant Evaluations

 Date:  Topic:
December 14, 2005 Access to Healthy Drinking Water Screening of excerpts from ‘Thirst’
November 9, 2005 Community Food Bank: A new day, building to meet the need and end hunger in Fresno- Sarah Reyes, CEO
October 12, 2005 Central Valley Farm to School Workshop
September 14, 2005 Fresno Fresh Access: Community Food Assessment Report
August 10, 2005 Peddling to Children: Is industry going too far in our Schools?
July 13, 2005 Senior Nutrition / Elder Hunger
June 8, 2005 05 State of the Plate: A new study and policy brief from California Health Interview Study (UCLA) on Hunger and Food Insecurity, and how that relates locally to a Fresno Bee article that reported on the basic cost of living increases over the last few years here in Fresno.
April 13, 2005 School Breakfast: from Farm to Classroom
March 9, 2005 Setting Food Security Priorities
February 9, 2005 New Policy Briefs and Research on: Food Insecurity and Health Outcomes in Fresno County and the Valley, Immigrant Children, Farmworkers, Community Food Assessment
January 18, 2005 Fresno/Tulare Ending Hunger Report & Recommendations: Focused on Food Stamps


2004 Hunger & Nutrition Notes and Participant Evaluations

 Date:  Topic:
December 8, 2004 Physical Activity and Learning Development:
The Built Environment’s Impact on Obesity Prevention
November 10, 2004 Thanksgiving and Holidays: Faith Traditions, Food, and Charitable Actions
October 6, 2004 Vision for Healthy Fresno Schools:
Candidates for Fresno Unified School District
September 8, 2004 How can we create an Interdependent Local System that helps produce sustainable agriculture, access to nutritious food for all, and sustainable good jobs?
August 11, 2004 Reflections on the Hunger Project:
Highlights of the last 4 years of Fresno Metro Ministry’s Hunger & Nutrition Project
July 14, 2004 Planting a Seed - Starting and Sustaining Community Gardens
June 16, 2004 Emergency in Fresno: The Food System - Community Food Bank, America's 2nd Harvest, and the Current Hunger and Nutrition Needs in Fresno
May 12, 2004 Hunger Action Day 2004 in Sacramento
April 12, 2004 New Diabetes Data: Reason for Alarm and Action
March 12, 2004 WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) – a Smart Program for Fresno
February 11, 2004 Farm to Plate: How Can We Better Utilize Local Produce? Issues Faced by Farmers
January 14, 2004 "The State of the Plate" - A Look at What's on the Plate Following Budget Cuts -> Pie Chart

2003 Hunger & Nutrition Notes and Participant Evaluations

 Date:  Topic:
January 8, 2003 Get Ready for 2003: Learning Effective Advocacy Skills for Legislative Issues in a Tough Budget Year
February 12, 2003 Child Nutrition: Linking Poverty, Access to Enough Food, and Food Quality Issues
March 12, 2003 Gleaning Fresno's Bounty
April 9, 2003 Community Food Assessment
May 28, 2003 Hunger Action Day in Sacramento
June 11, 2003 Follow-up to Childhood Obesity Stakeholder's Roundtable
July 9, 2003 A New Release: Overweight and Unfit Children in California Legislative Districts
August 13, 2003
The Rural Report: What's Happening in Fresno County's Rural Communities and How It Affects Access to Enough Food
September 10, 2003 Nutrition and Health Disparities: Implications for Fresno
October 8, 2003 Soda in the Schools
November 12, 2003 Re-framing the Debate - Diet-based Chronic Disease: Individual choice or an issue of the environment?
December 10, 2003 Geo-Mapping Food Access - The Fresno Community Food Assessment


2002 Hunger & Nutrition Notes and Participant Evaluations

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January 9, 2002 Vision for a Healthy Fresno, Candidates for Fresno City Council and Fresno County Board of Supervisors

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February 13, 2002 Opportunities and Successes for Healthy Kids, Update on School Nutrition Programs: Fresno Unified School District, Sequoia Middle School, Fresno Co. Office of Education, and Oakland Schools Food Policy

Download this file
March 13, 2002 The Community Food Bank Summer Food Program Expansion in Fresno

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April 10, 2002 Food Justice: Access to State Resources; Thomas Nelson, California Community Food Security Coalition
Download this file
May 10, 2002 This Mother's Day: Bread and Roses, Public Charge as a Barrier to Food Stamps and Health Care
Download this file
May 14, 2002 Hunger Action Day 2002: A bus ride from Fresno to Sacramento and the State Capital to talk with Legislators about hunger and nutrition.
Download this file
June 12, 2002 Body & Soul- A Health Ministry: An African American Church Communityas Life Saving Transformation through Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
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July 10, 2002 FOOD: Prescription for Recovery, A panel discussion on need and access to nutritious food for recovery from HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and other illness.
Download this file
August 14, 2002 Nutritious & Delicious: The 4 Chefs Return, Sierra Opera Company presented their 2002 Opera-In-the-Schools—singing about Nutrition. Download this file
September 18, 2002 Fresno Unified School District
School Board Candidates Forum
'Vision for Healthy Schools'
Download this file
October 9, 2002 California Hunger Legislative Agenda for 2002-2003 Download this file
November 13, 2002 Golden State Advantage: EBT Food Stamp Card Coming to Fresno

Download this file

December 11, 2002 Vision for Accessible Produce for All of Fresno: Farmers Markets, Selling Farm Fresh Produce, and using the new EBT Food Stamp Card Download this file


2001 Hunger & Nutrition Notes and Participant Evaluations

 Date:  Topic:  Download in PDF Format:
January 10, 2001 Existing Resources for Emergency Food in Fresno: Challenges and What Works. Download this file
February 14, 2001 From Issues to Action- Toward Getting Nutrition Stability in Fresno County Download this file
March 14, 2001 Moving From Issues to Action- Choosing Priorities Download this file
April 11, 2001 Report of Priority Consensus Download this file
May 15, 2001 Immigrant Voices on Advocacy Trip to the State Capitol Download this file
June 13, 2001 Food Stamps as Safety Net Download this file
July 11, 2001 The Challenge to Local Schools Download this file
August 15, 2001 Farmers Markets in Fresno Download this file
Sept. 12, 2001 Hunger 101- a Community Curriculum Download this file
Oct. 10, 2001 Changes in State Food Policy Legislation Download this file
Nov. 14, 2001 The Role of Congregations in Hunger Relief Download this file
December 12, 2001 ‘No money left for food” Senior Hunger and Senior Nutrition Download this file


2000 Hunger & Nutrition Notes and Participant Evaluations

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September 22, 2000 Advocacy Training

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October 11, 2000 Impact of Hunger on Fresno’s Children and Youth
Steps to Strengthen Community Responses
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November 8, 2000 Reclaiming our Best: Healthy Food in our Heritage
A Panel Discussion by Representatives of a Variety of Ethnic and Native Cultures. Cultural Issues that Impact Hungry People in Fresno.
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December 13, 2000 1. In this Land of Food Plenty, How can we see that all people have the Food and Nutrition they need?
2. Electronic Benefits Transfer: Issues for Fresno County. How will Food Stamps, Cal-Works, and General Relief utilize the EBT? How can the Hunger Roundtable speak up?
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