For more than 50 years, Yolo Food Bank (YFB) has elevated the common good of the people and communities in primarily rural Yolo County, CA by reducing poverty and elevating food security. As YFB has begun to take a broader view of the need for a more equitable, sustainable local food system vs. more traditional "hunger relief," the organization also has embraced the opportunity to emerge as a convener of thought leadership around themes of nutritional insecurity and the elevation of health and well-being in the community. As such, YFB is honored to partner with the UC Davis Artificial Intelligence (AI) Institute for Next Generation Food Systems and the UC Davis Innovation Institute for Food and Health to present the inaugural "Food For Fairness" (F3) Summit this October.

Begun January 1970 as a backyard gleaning program, YFB now is propelled by more than 50 staff members, and nearly 3,000 volunteers in the past year.  From a 44,000 square foot food recovery warehouse and operations facility in the county seat of Woodland, YFB serves the entirety of Yolo County, including the very farmworkers who harvest the abundance provided by the rich Sacramento Valley soil, working families experiencing challenges to their basic needs access, as well UC Davis and community college students struggling to connect with consistent nutrition. The organization is the exclusive Yolo County member of Feeding America, the USDA Emergency Food Assistance Program, and the California Association of Food Banks.

Together with a network of nearly 200 partners, YFB is on track to distribute at least 12 million pounds of food in 2021, via 130 distributions each month in every corner of Yolo County. This includes Yolo Food Bank`s direct distribution programs (Eat Well Yolo, Eat Home Yolo, and Kids Farmers Market), as well as via more than 80 nonprofit partner organizations countywide.

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