• Food for the People: Swift & Creative Responses Amidst COVID-19 July 27, 2020 California’s food industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that consists of many different types of businesses and organizations that grow, process, and distribute food across the state, country, and around the world. Ownership across the food system has seen decades of corporate consolidation, resulting in negative social and economic impacts. From seeds to land ownership… Read More
  • BLVD MRKT: Investing in Healthy Food & Economic Development in Montebello May 26, 2020 For more than a year and a half, Gentefy engaged the community, including connecting with local elected officials, business owners, and by hosting roundtable discussions. After connecting with more than 250 people of various ages and ethnic backgrounds, it became clear that the community wanted places to go that create an experience; something more than… Read More
  • california freshworks Key Findings from California FreshWorks’ First Program Evaluation March 6, 2020 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 & Wealth October 23, 2019 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 Summit September 6, 2019 Read More
  • Community Foods Market, Community Vision, NCCLF Building Power: Aligning Capital with Justice May 30, 2019 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 Valley May 9, 2019 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  October 31, 2018 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 Angeles July 16, 2018 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 Initiatives September 19, 2017 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