• california freshworks Key Findings from California FreshWorks’ First Program EvaluationBy: Courtney Gonzales, Content Developer | March 6, 2020
    Category: Healthy Foods
    Community Vision administers the California FreshWorks program, a statewide network of CDFI lenders that provide financing to food enterprises that invest in an equitable food system and increase access to affordable, healthy, culturally-appropriate food in underserved communities. We approach food access not only as a health issue, but also a community development and equity issue. Read More
  • Dig Deep Farms’ Food Hub: Investing in Local Health & WealthBy: Courtney Gonzales, Content Developer | October 23, 2019
    Category: Healthy Foods
    Over the last two decades local governments have become increasingly involved in cultivating community-based food systems as a path towards community and economic development Read More
  • Reflections from the 2019 California FreshWorks SummitBy: Luba Yusim | September 6, 2019
    Category: Healthy Foods
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  • Community Foods Market, Community Vision, NCCLF Building Power: Aligning Capital with JusticeBy: Courtney Gonzales, Content Developer | May 30, 2019
    Category: Blog Healthy Foods Oakland
    June 1st, 2019 marks the official opening of Community Foods Market (CFM) at 3105 San Pablo Avenue in West Oakland. This article celebrates CFM’s grand opening as a moment years in the making and only possible because of the work and dedication of many people. It also celebrates CFM as a model of what it… Read More
  • Increasing access to food in California’s Hoopa ValleyBy: Luba Yusim | May 9, 2019
    Category: Healthy Foods
    In 2016, food insecurity became a front and center issue for the Hoopa Valley Reservation when the only grocery store operating within a 40-mile radius of the Klamath-Trinity region was forced to close due to a significant rodent infestation. Consequently, the community was left without any local food retailers and was designated a food desert… Read More
  • 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
  • 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