Growing Community Capacity and Support for Healthy Food Systems

The Community Food Council for Del Norte County and Tribal Lands works to improve access to healthy foods and beverages in neighborhoods and schools; builds resident capacity to grow and prepare their own food; increases economic opportunities for the local food system; and educates the community about food- and nutrition-related issues that impact lives.

Tangible Wins and Benefits: 

  • The Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation was awarded a $400,000 USDA grant to create four Food Forest sites in food deserts across Del Norte and Tribal Lands.
  • Del Norte Unified School District committed to purchasing local, organic meat and produce for its school nutrition program, increasing its local institutional purchasing by $30,000 in its first year.
  • A partnership between the Family Resource Center of the Redwoods and the Community Food Council resulted in the opening of the Pacific Pantry. This choice pantry focuses on organic, healthy, and local food items in addition to non-perishables to families and low-income individuals.
BHC Food Case Study
BHC Food Brief
BHC Food Slide Deck