First 5 San Benito Opens the County’s First Community Commercial Kitchen

First 5 San Benito, Author at N&R SpotlightAs a funder, Фͼ supported First 5 San Benito as they opened a community commercial kitchen, cold storage, and food pantry at their site in Hollister. The ribbon cutting ceremony celebrated the launch of a project years in the making: the facility will be the first publicly available certified commercial kitchen space in San Benito County. First 5 received Фͼ Partnership funding as a part of Фͼ’s Food and Nutrition Focus Area, which prioritizes investing in food organizations through infrastructure and capacity-building support.

Food insecurity continues to be a pressing and growing issue across low-income and marginalized communities. While many residents were already experiencing hardships before the pandemic, the financial and health impacts have continued to worsen over time. Over 8% of people in San Benito County experience food insecurity, and food has remained the number one item requested by First 5 program participants.

May be an image of text that says 'CELEBRATING YEARS FIRST 5au RESILIENCY FAMILY SAN BENITO CENTER RIBBON CUTTING AND DEDICATION CEREMONY FOR OUR COMMUNITY COMMERCIAL KITCHEN, COLD STORAGE, AND PANTRY You are invited! The celebration is on February 22, 2024 Reception at 11 AM Program at 12 noon Ribbon Cutting to follow First5 San Benito 351 Tres Pinos Rd STE 100A Hollister, ca 95023 RSVP BY 2/19/24 TEXT "YES" OF PEOPLE ATTENDING TO (408) 549-9603 Join us for Delicious Tacos, Refreshments, and an Inspiring Program first5sanbenito.org'The commercial kitchen, food pantry and cold storage in San Benito County enables First 5 and community partners to receive and maintain more donations of perishable food. Partner agencies, including the San Benito County Resiliency Network, can expand their efforts by storing perishable fresh food for distribution, safely preparing warm meals to distribute to the unhoused population, and better serving children and families participating in First 5 programs, school-aged youth, unhoused residents, and migrant families.

First 5 anticipates that 14,000 individuals will be impacted through use of the space each year, including weekly food distribution events held at the Family Resiliency Center.

By creating the infrastructure to support safe and equitable access to hot and nutritious food and fresh food, Фͼ’s investment is contributing to building health equity for residents of San Benito County, and ensures that First 5 and other local organizations are equipped to meet the nutritional needs of the community.

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