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Grantmakers & Foundations

  • In 2020, we have been fortunate to receive multiple grants from the Albertsons Companies Foundation through its Nourishing Neighbors initiative. Nourishing Neighbors seeks to improve the food security of children, seniors, and families negatively affected by the pandemic. In addition to aiding our COVID response in the spring, they are providing much needed support to our Groceries to Go program, which offers monthly provisions of healthy food to individuals in need of food assistance in Sonoma, Lake, and Mendocino Counties. Their support has made a significant impact in preventing hunger throughout our community.

  • The Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation offers sustained support of our School Pantry and Preschool Pantry programs through their Fighting Hunger Grant endeavor. Providing essential support for organizations combating hunger through direct assistance and nutritional education, their funding ensures that families with children at participating sites can continue to receive weekly packs of nutritious food accompanied with nutrition lessons to support healthy child development.

  • Support from the American Riverbank Foundation is helping provide children and families in need with weekly groceries as part of our School Pantry program. As part of their commitment to vulnerable communities in Sonoma County, their funding ensures that students enrolled at participating schools and their family members can continue to benefit from regular access to nutritious food.

  • At the start of 2021, AnswerForce provided us with a grant as a part of their initiative to combat food insecurity through supporting food banks nationwide. Their generous gift protects and strengthens our ability to provide regular distributions of nutritious, healthy food to families and individuals in need.

  • A grant from Anthem Blue Cross of California, through Feeding America, supported our Station 3990 COVID response in the spring of 2020. As the state went into lockdown as the pandemic took hold locally, we mobilized to increase emergency food distributions, and to help agency partners unable to complete their regular distributions. We are grateful to Anthem Blue Cross for their dedication to improving lives and communities in California.

  • The Bank of America Charitable Foundation helped to fund the unprecedented increase in food distributions we took on as part of our COVID-19 emergency response. As more and more communities throughout Northern California faced economic and health-related strain due to stay-at-home orders, we were able in turn to increase our capacity to help families and individuals experiencing food insecurity. Regular support from Bank of America over the last six years has been crucial to our ability to provide outreach during times of crisis, helping our community to thrive.

  • Banner Bank pursued its goal of helping families in need through its support of our COVID-19 response in 2020. Their funding helped to provide a necessary safety net for scores of households along the North Coast, many of them facing food shortages for the first time. Banner Bank’s commitment to enshrining the things most important to its clients has made a significant difference in the health and wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable in our community.

  • Bethlehem Foundation

    Generous funding from the Bethlehem Foundation has contributed to the success of our COVID-19 response in 2020. They focus on preserving the health and independence of seniors in Sonoma County, and their consistent support over the last six years has been essential in our outreach efforts to make healthy food more accessible to seniors in need.

  • A grant from the Bothin Foundation funded the purchase of a Mercedes-Benz Metris van to expand the reach of our food delivery work. Much of our service area is rural, and transportation can pose an additional barrier for the food insecure. This van allows us to make food deliveries in places inaccessible to larger tractor-trailer vehicles, and more staff people have the qualifications to actually drive it, which helps to increase the number of people we can reach through distributions.

  • An innovative grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture will allow the Redwood Empire Food Bank to purchase new energy efficient refrigeration equipment for our Food Connections market. The market – the first of its kind in the United States – was designed specifically for our low-income neighbors, offering an assortment of affordable, fresh produce along with trust brand name goods and quality meat and dairy products at competitive prices. This support will help to improve our neighbors’ access to healthy and fresh food choices.

  • The California Department of Social Services’ Food Bank Capacity Program allowed us to add a refrigerated box truck to our fleet of food distribution vehicles. This truck improves our ability to make distributions of nutritious protein, dairy, produce, and staples to people living in remote, rural areas.

  • Funding from Cargill, through Feeding America, supported staff training in food safety and defense at the Redwood Empire Food Bank. The knowledge our staff acquired will help to perfect our food storage and distribution operations, enabling us to effectively assess risk and ensure uninterrupted services for hungry individuals and families in our community.

  • The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative provided much-needed assistance for our response to the 2019 Kincade Fire in Sonoma County. This support helped us run 25 emergency distributions at 19 locations throughout the County, feeding over 25,000 people in need after the fire and the subsequent power shutoffs.

  • The generous, continued support of the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund allows the Redwood Empire Food Bank to continue providing a nutritional safety net for anyone in need in our community. With this support, the Redwood Empire Food Bank’s programs are providing essential nourishment to seniors living on low-fixed-incomes, working families struggling to make ends meet, children missing daily meals, and individuals facing food crises.

  • Thanks to the support of Healdsburg Forever, an affiliate of the Community Foundation Sonoma County, we were able to effectively mobilize our COVID-19 response in 2020 for residents of Healdsburg and Geyserville. The health and economic fallout of the pandemic required increased outreach as greater numbers of people faced food insecurity, and this funding ensured our ability to keep operating our Diabetes Wellness, Groceries to Go, and Senior Basket distributions in these towns, while additionally providing food to new folks in need through our Station 3990 initiative.

  • The ongoing generosity of the Community Foundation Sonoma County Julia L. Grant Fund for Basic Human Needs enabled us to continue our robust service delivery in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. As greater numbers of individuals, including children and seniors, faced unreliable access to food resulting from the broad instability of this year, this funding allowed us to provide a crucial safety net through the regular distribution of healthy produce, protein, dairy and shelf-stable items at multiple accessible locations throughout Sonoma County.

  • New funding from the Community Foundation Sonoma County’s Sonoma County Vintners Foundation helped to secure the success of our COVID-19 response this year. Demand for emergency food provisions skyrocketed this year as unemployment rose in the County, and we are grateful for the funding that allowed us to meet that increased need for access to nutritious food in our community.

  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation, together with an anonymous donor through Feeding America, is supporting our efforts to feed vulnerable seniors throughout our service area. Already facing a host of challenges from ailing health to low-fixed-incomes, our elderly neighbors have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic. Resources from Enterprise are helping to sustain our response for seniors in need, ensuring no one slips through the cracks of our nutritional safety net.

  • The Ernest L. and Ruth Finley Foundation

    We were fortunate to receive one of the final grants from The Ernest L. and Ruth Finley Foundation, supporting the work of our Every Child, Every Day initiative to end childhood hunger in our community. They bestowed on us significant support over the last several years, and we are thankful to continue providing weekly supplies of nutritious food for families with children facing food insecurity.

  • Thanks to regular support from the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, Inc. over the last five years, the Redwood Empire Food Bank provides weekly distributions of fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy proteins, and nutritious staple groceries, along with nutrition education to low-income families with at-risk children through our Every Child, Every Day hunger-relief initiative.

  • The George H. Sandy Foundation

    A grant from The George H. Sandy Foundation provided much needed relief for the wave of people facing hunger because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their generous support over the last nine years has made a huge impact on the people who depend on us for access to the food they need to survive.

  • Kaiser Permanente is supporting the work of our Food Connections Office as they provide outreach and assistance to enroll eligible households in the CalFresh/SNAP benefit program. Many people are unaware that they qualify for aid, and others feel wary about the application process. We are able to provide guidance and follow-up assistance to those who require it most, helping to ease stress and encourage nutritious food practices.

  • The Kelly Foundation bolstered our capacity to get provisions to new individuals and communities affected by food security issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Their support has been critical as we increased our food distribution sites to feed the greater numbers of people unsure about where their next meal is coming from.

  • Landmark Vineyards, operated by The Wonderful Company, contributed funding to support our work combating hunger in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Valley. Their help is critical to our efforts to provide regular access to nutritious foods to the food insecure in these communities.

  • Multiple grants from Meals on Wheels have helped to fund our Senior Basket program in the five counties we serve. Their support ensured our ability to continue providing ample substantial boxes of staples and produce on a monthly basis at 92 locations throughout the North Coast, supporting the health and longevity of seniors in our community.

  • The Medtronic Foundation has supported our response to the widespread economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their funding has helped us increase our distributions of nutritious produce, protein, dairy, and shelf-stable items, benefiting the health of the underserved living in north coastal California.

  • Thanks to continued support from Morgan Stanley, through Feeding America, the Redwood Empire Food Bank has been able to immediately mobilize our emergency food provision response to serve children in need during to the COVID-19 pandemic. Access to quality nutrition is central to the healthy development of children, and this generous funding allows us to sustain existing programming through our Every Child, Every Day initiative while reaching new families facing food insecurity for the first time.

  • No Kid Hungry funded our work providing meals to children in food insecure families during the summer of 2020. With greater numbers of families experiencing hunger resulting from the pandemic recession, their support was crucial as we endeavored to make sure kids in need had regular access to the food they need to stay strong and healthy.

  • A grant from the Open Hearts Foundation assisted in our response to emerging populations experiencing hunger as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to their support, we have been able to reach new places and communities and provide greater numbers of people with healthy food.

  • Negley Flinn Charitable Foundation

    Thanks to the continued support of the Negley Flinn Charitable Foundation, the Redwood Empire Food Bank is able to keep reaching more than 100,000 of our neighbors facing hunger. This support allows us to continue providing fresh fruits and vegetables essential to a balanced diet, fostering good health and vitality.

  • Generous funding from The PG&E Corporation Foundation helped to ensure the success of our food distribution, nutritional education, and benefit assistance work throughout north coastal California. With greater numbers of households experiencing food insecurity, their support is crucial to the way we provide outreach and stability to the vulnerable in our community.

  • Thanks to support from The Presbytery of the Redwoods’ Hunger Task Force, through its Pedal for Protein fundraiser, the Redwood Empire Food Bank is able to purchase and supply high-quality protein foods for low-income families, children and seniors facing hunger in our community. The nut butters, dairy products, legumes and lean meats provided thanks to this funding are giving our hungry neighbors nutritionally balanced meals that they would not otherwise be able to afford.

  • A grant from Pinpoint Foundation helped us to launch an immediate and effective response to the food needs of our community as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As greater numbers of households faced real strain and adversity because of health and economic concerns, their support allowed us to restore a degree of stability and autonomy in the lives of those experiencing food insecurity.

  • The Red Nose Day Fund, through Feeding America, is helping to increase food security for low-income families with young children through their Child Hunger Grant. Thanks to Red Nose Day, the Redwood Empire Food Bank’s School Pantry program continues ensuring that children and their families at more than 20 schools across Sonoma County receive vitamin-rich fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein and an assortment of healthy staple foods.

  • SCAN Health Plan provided funding to support the work of our Senior Security initiative during COVID-19. With seniors facing increased health risks, and increased social isolation as a result, their help has been essential as we strive to make regular access to healthy food easier for seniors in need.

  • Sergey Brin Family Foundation

    Generous funding from the Sergey Brin Family Foundation supported our response to the food needs of our community in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their help proved crucial as we worked to conquer hunger throughout our service area, offering greater numbers of food distributions to individuals and families in need.

  • Thanks to the generous continued funding from the Sisters of St. Joseph Healthcare Foundation, the Redwood Empire Food Bank will continue providing regular access to nutritious food for seniors in need throughout our community. With their help, our Senior Security initiative will carry on addressing hunger among vulnerable seniors in a comprehensive way, supporting regular distributions of local produce, quality protein and dairy, and healthy shelf stable items, in the locations where our clients in need can most easily access them.

  • The St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund helped to fund our Produce Pantry program, distributing weekly packages of 20-30lbs of seasonal produce and healthy staples in high need neighborhoods throughout Sonoma County. Their support is vital to our work addressing the needs of the food insecure in our community, improving the health and stability of people in dire need of assistance.

  • The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation provided indispensable support to our emergency food distribution efforts in response to the Kincade Fire and the COVID-19 pandemic. With greater numbers of people in our community experiencing hardships than ever before, their assistance provided an essential lifeline for people without access to the necessities they require to survive.

  • Funding from Subaru, through Feeding America, has gone a long way towards supporting our efforts to keep people fed during the pandemic. Their support has had a direct impact on our ability to continue providing the healthy food our participants need to live healthy, productive lives.

  • Thanks to the generous, ongoing support from the Town of Windsor Non-Profit Grant Program, the Redwood Empire Food Bank distributes 30-35 pounds of vitamin-rich, fresh fruits and vegetables through three Produce Pantry sites in Windsor. These distributions ensure that Windsor’s low-income residents have access to a consistent array of life-sustaining foods, enabling them to be productive citizens who can contribute to the vitality of their community.

  • A generous contribution from the Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation is supporting the Redwood Empire Food Bank’s Every Child, Every Day initiative. These innovative programs provide toddlers and children in low-income households with regular lunches during school and summer vacation, and distribute weekly supplies of 30 pounds of fresh fruit, vegetables, protein, and shelf staples to their families. In addition, nutrition information sessions are introducing children to new healthy foods and teaching parents of the importance of good nutrition for their health and wellbeing.

  • Continued funding from United Way, through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, is enabling the Redwood Empire Food Bank to provide fresh produce and staple foods to our partner organizations in Lake, Mendocino and Sonoma Counties. With this funding, our partner pantries, emergency shelters, soup kitchens, senior programs, group homes and children’s programs will provide access to fresh fruits and vegetables that might otherwise be inaccessible to our partners’ low-income clients.

  • As part of their commitment to healthy living, generous funding from Disney is helping to sustain the acquisition and distribution of over 30 varieties of seasonal produce to low-income families across the Redwood Empire Food Bank’s service area. Low-income families with young children will receive vital healthy produce at multiple sites located in high-need, underserved neighborhoods in Sonoma County. Thanks to this support, the Redwood Empire Food Bank is removing barriers standing between families and the nutrition needed to ensure their children grow up healthy and strong.

  • Thanks to significant support from the Wells Fargo Foundation, the Redwood Empire Food Bank continues to improve food security and nutrition for our neighbors facing COVID-related strain throughout our five-county service region. The ongoing commitment from Wells Fargo Foundation allows the Redwood Empire Food Bank to rise to the challenge of increased local demand in the wake of the pandemic, providing a lifeline of nourishment and hope to those facing food insecurity.

The Walt Disney Company

As part of their commitment to healthy living, generous funding from Disney is helping to sustain the acquisition and distribution of over 30 varieties of seasonal produce to low-income families across the Redwood Empire Food Bank’s service area. Low-income families with young children will receive vital healthy produce at multiple sites located in high-need, underserved neighborhoods in Sonoma County. Thanks to this support, the Redwood Empire Food Bank is removing barriers standing between families and the nutrition needed to ensure their children grow up healthy and strong.