Local Access to Fresh Food
Many rural communities of the San Joaquin Valley are considered Rural Food Deserts by the USDA. This indicates that despite the agricultural productivity of commodity crops in the local area, families bear an inordinate burden in accessing a grocery store for their basic food needs, let alone fresh, affordable and culturally appropriate fruits and vegetables. This disparity increases the incidences of diabetes, heart disease and other chronic food-access related illness.
CAFA supports building market channels for producers across the San Joaquin Valley who are growing fresh fruits and vegetables for local consumption. CAFA member organizations work on local and statewide initiatives to advance access to affordable healthy food options.