The Health Trust seeks to transform the health of communities by increasing the availability of fresh and locally grown produce in communities that lack such access. Access to healthy food is a critical prerequisite for health promotion and obesity prevention. By providing convenient access to affordable, healthy, fresh, and culturally appropriate food, a community can promote health for all of its residents. Communities are increasingly looking to innovative, lower-cost strategies that may be easier to start and more responsive to local needs and preferences. Healthy Food Resources such as gardens and farmers markets are an important part of the local food system and have the potential to support healthy eating, reduce environmental pollution, and promote economic vitality and self sufficiency.
2011 Healthy Food Resources Grants:
- American Heart Association – $50,000 over 24 months for the American Heart Association’s Teaching Gardens project to partner with the Boys & Girls Club to increase the availability and consumption of healthy foods by securing joint-use agreements to create and sustain teaching gardens and integrate garden-based nutrition education into regular programming at two club sites.
- Community Alliance with Family Farmers – Up to $100,000 over 24 months for the Back to Scratch with Farm to School project to increase the availability of locally sourced healthy food in Santa Clara County school districts and increase the consumption of healthy food in the Moreland School District and Gilroy Unified School District by implementing school food procurement and preparation policies.
- Community Food Bank of San Benito County – $20,000 over 12 months for the Food Pantry project To increase the availability and affordability of healthy foods by implementing two new pantries in Northern San Benito County; increase local grower partnerships to secure additional produce; and establish a system for EBT acceptance so that the Food Bank can serve a point of purchase for produce by families not eligible for free food.
- CommUniverCity San Jose through The Tower Foundation of San Jose State University – Up to $100,000 over 24 months for the Gardens to Table: Grow-Harvest-Share project to increase the production, availability and consumption of healthy foods by establishing a joint-use land agreement to implement a resident-led community garden model and plan and pilot a shared apartment garden model.
- Our City Forest – $100,000 over 24 months for the FruitWorks! project to increase the production, availability and consumption of healthy foods by developing and bringing to scale a fruit tree stewardship program and engaging and training low-income residents to plant and care for fruit trees.
- Valley Verde – Up to $80,000 for the Home Gardens in Gilroy project to increase the production, availability, and consumption of healthy foods by expanding partnerships in Gilroy to develop 60 home gardens and providing technical assistance to Healthy Food Resources partners in Santa Clara County.
2010 Healthy Food Resources Grants:
- CommUniverCity through the Tower Foundation of San Jose State University – $75,000 over 12 months for the planning phase of a new community garden model in the Five Wounds/Brookwood Terrace neighborhood and to implement a Fruit Tree Sharing program.
- Fresh Approach – $100,000 over 24 months to pilot the Fruit and Veggie Prescription (RX) project that enables health clinic providers in Santa Clara County to offer patients at-risk for obesity and diabetes vouchers (RX) for produce from local farmer’s markets.
- FIRST 5 Santa Clara County – $150,000 over 24 months to pilot a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program for 150 low-income families, plan and open a new farmers market in a high-need neighborhood and implement EBT acceptance at both the CSA and farmer’s market in East San Jose.
- Sacred Heart Community Services – $100,000 over 24 months for La Mesa Verde to implement 100 new home gardens in the Washington Neighborhood and pilot projects to generate revenue and build greater program sustainability.
- Veggielution – $75,000 over 24 months to expand the urban farm’s food production to two acres, implement EBT acceptance at its farm stand and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and engage East San Jose neighborhood residents to increase their participation on and purchasing from the farm.