Children are the most vulnerable to hunger. Families facing hunger are far less likely to eat a nutritionally complete diet. 90% of at-risk youth don’t get the recommended servings of vegetables on a regular basis. Summer is a challenging season for food banks, as demand rises while donations decrease.

Food For Families hosted a Farmer’s Market for clients served by one of their Sacramento Area partners, the Salvation Army of Sacramento County. This event celebrated the launch of Food For Families Refresh program, designed to increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at food banks throughout Northern California and Nevada. Food For Families food bank partners will have access to a variety of fresh produce, in addition to dry goods, to distribute in their respective communities. Clients were able to “shop” a farmer’s market on the same day that they picked up other food supplies. Each family will received a reusable bag and was able to select from a variety of fresh produce. The event also marked the end of Food For Families Summer Donation Drive, which concluded on July 31st.