Redwood Empire Food Bank

Updated: Nov 4, 2020

Santa Rosa, CA

By Lis O’Brien

October 6, 2020

On September 25, 38,720 pounds of celery arrived at Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa, California from Bengard Ranch in Salinas, California.

As the largest hunger-relief organization serving north coastal California, Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) has helped establish a far-reaching network of places to access food for those in need (from pantries, to shelters, to child-care facilities and more). The organization further assists those experiencing food insecurity through their operation of eleven innovative programs under three hunger relief initiatives: Every Child, Every Day , Senior Security, and the Neighborhood Hunger Network.

Rachel Manning, Food Resources Manager at Redwood Empire Food Bank shares how “feeding our community members is the single most important thing we can do to uplift and ensure health and wellness for those who are most vulnerable.” Since March 2020, REFB has served an average of 30,550 households per month, with an equivalent of 5,024,700 healthy and nutritious meals. 55 percent of the food distributed through REFB comes in the form of donated fresh produce, as it did with the celery connected through The Farmlink Project.

Rachel mentions that the recent delivery of celery comes at a crucial time, as people in the area are experiencing the detrimental effects of the fires on top of COVID-19. Through it all, she notes how the REFB team has remained “extremely dedicated to ensuring the community's needs are met” … “It is a full community effort and we are grateful to have the support of our donors and volunteers.”

The Farmlink Project looks forward to working more with Redwood Empire Food Bank in the future.

If you would like to volunteer or donate to Redwood Empire Food Bank, click here.