• Central California Food Bank Scales Impact with Support from Community Vision By: Luba Yusim | October 31, 2018
    Category: Central Valley Community Facilities Healthy Foods
    Based out of Fresno, the Central California Food Bank (CCFB) is the largest food bank in the region serving Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Kern counties. Despite being nestled amid the country’s most lucrative agricultural sector, the organization distributes 35 million pounds of food, including more than 50% of fresh produce, to more than 280,000… Read More
  • Blog: Using Financial Tools to Build Greater Food Equity in South Los AngelesBy: Luba Yusim | July 16, 2018
    Category: Blog Healthy Foods
    By Catherine Howard, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Director of the California FreshWorks, a statewide food access financing and technical assistance program. Cross-posted from www.cafreshworks.com.   South Los Angeles is comprised of a collection of communities steeped in historical significance. Post-WWII, African Americans flocked to the area to take advantage of expanding opportunities to purchase… Read More
  • Community Vision receives more than $3 million through CDFI Financial Assistance and Healthy Food Financing InitiativesBy: Luba Yusim | September 19, 2017
    Category: Affordable Housing Community Vision Updates Healthy Foods
    San Francisco — The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund of the U.S. Treasury announced awardees of its 2017 CDFI Fund Financial Assistance (FA) and Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) Awards. The Community Vision received a $1.1 million FA award and a $2 million HFFI award. Community Vision will use this FA award to provide low-rate… Read More
  • Niles Pie Building Economic Sustainability One Pie at a TimeBy: Luba Yusim | August 9, 2017
    Category: Economic Development Lending
    Nearly a decade ago, Carolyn Berke, a long-time baker, started baking and delivering pies locally in Niles and surrounding areas. She took orders online and delivered twice weekly to a few local establishments. Soon Niles Pie grew from a part-time endeavor to a full-time bakery. As the business grew, Berke looked for a permanent kitchen… Read More
  • Community Vision Partners with Community Alliance for Agroecology to Connect Bay Area Food Retailers with Central Valley FarmersBy: Luba Yusim | July 10, 2017
    Category: Central Valley Community Vision Updates Economic Development Healthy Foods
    Farm operations in the Central Valley and food businesses in the Bay Area enjoy a symbiotic, if imperfect, relationship.  The Bay Area represents a large marketplace for locally sourced and organic food produced by Central Valley farmers and manufacturers. Though the relationship can be mutually beneficial, small farmers often lack the capacity and finances to… Read More
  • Blog: Updates from Capitol HillBy: Catherine Howard, Senior VP of Programs | June 5, 2017
    Category: Affordable Housing Arts Blog Community Facilities Community Vision Updates Economic Development Health Healthy Foods Lending New Markets Tax Credits Social Services Youth
    Last month I represented Community Vision in Washington, DC, joining Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) colleagues from across the country to meet with legislators and their staff and advocate for continued federal funding for programs that CDFIs leverage to benefit low-income communities. As you might guess, May 2017 was an interesting time to be on… Read More
  • Berkeley Food and Housing Berkeley nonprofit responds to city homelessness with dedication and compassionBy: Luba Yusim | April 27, 2017
    Category: Affordable Housing Health Healthy Foods Lending
    For more than 45 years Berkeley Food and Housing Project (BFHP) has provided a holistic range of services to support homeless individuals and families. The organization offers housing, food and support services and is often the sole point of entry for anyone seeking homeless support services in Berkeley. Founded originally as a soup kitchen, the… Read More
  • Q&A with Nate Schaffran, the newest member of Community Vision’s lending teamBy: Luba Yusim | April 27, 2017
    Category: Community Vision Updates Healthy Foods Impact Investing Lending
    In April 2017 we welcomed Nate Schaffran to our lending team as a Senior Loan Officer. Nate joins Community Vision with many years of diverse experience in social impact lending, healthy food financing, and policy. Welcome, Nate!  What were you doing before joining the team at Community Vision? Most immediately, I was deputy policy director for… Read More
  • Real world impacts of budget cuts on povertyBy: Luba Yusim | March 30, 2017
    Category: Affordable Housing Arts Central Valley Community Vision Updates Economic Development Health Healthy Foods Social Services Youth
    by Mary A. Rogier, Community Vision's President.  I’ve been thinking a lot about poverty lately. That is probably not surprising, as we recently have been launching some new activities to combat hunger and food inequity, especially in parts of our Central Valley service region where people suffer greatly from lack of access to food.  We’ve… Read More
  • Community Vision Sponsoring March 2017 Rural Justice SummitBy: Luba Yusim | February 20, 2017
    Category: Central Valley Community Vision Updates Economic Development Health Healthy Foods Impact Investing
    California’s Central Valley was transformed long ago into the nation’s most economically productive and intensive industrial agricultural region. Today, it produces more than half of the fruits, nuts, and vegetables consumed in America. While the Central Valley’s agricultural industry is critical to meeting US food need, it comes at a significant price to local residents.… Read More