Since 1970, the Yolo Food Bank has been working to address hunger issues and make a difference in the lives of the people and communities of Yolo County. Founded as a volunteer-run backyard gleaning program, the Yolo Food Bank has grown to an organizational network of staff, volunteers, and partner agencies. They coordinate the storage and distribution of food from a network of growers, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and grocery stores, while cultivating new sources of food. They also collaborate with non-profit programs, private and public sector agencies, and service organizations throughout Yolo County to serve 25,000 people each month and distribute 3 million pounds of food annually.
We grow fruits and vegetables on available plots of farm land with the help of volunteers from the community, and distribute the produce via local food banks.
Food Bank Farmers started when a Yolo County farmer wanted to find a way to benefit the community using a part of his land that could not be commercially farmed. From discussions with the Center for Land-Based Learning, Yolo Food Bank, and Yolo Food Connect, Food Bank Farmers was formed.
The crops we grow are selected by the Yolo Food Bank, largely for use in their Kids Farmers Market program. The crops and varieties are smaller in size and more colorful than typical, in hopes of making the produce more interesting for kids.