• 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
  • Community Foods Market Breaks Ground in West OaklandBy: admin | November 18, 2016
    Category: Economic Development Health Healthy Foods Lending Oakland
    Community Vision staff at Community Foods Market Ground Blessing ceremony on April 21, 2018 West Oakland's growing and changing community is comprised predominantly of low-income Latino and African American residents with little access to nearby food retail. This forces residents to collectively spend more than $58 million annually on groceries outside of their own community.… Read More
  • Long awaited Vallarta Supermaket opens doors in FresnoBy: admin | November 18, 2016
    Category: Central Valley Healthy Foods
    The long awaited Vallarta Supermarket opened its doors in Fresno on November 9, 2016. Located in a predominantly Latino community where the closest supermarket is nearly two miles away, the area is considered one of California's food deserts. This store fills a glaring need for access to fresh, culturally appropriate food featuring a tortilleria, panaderia,… Read More
  • CDFI Fund Awards Community Vision Receives $5 M in Grants Through CDFI Financial Assistance and Healthy Food FinancingBy: admin | September 29, 2016
    Category: Community Vision Updates Healthy Foods Press Releases
    San Francisco — The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund of the U.S. Treasury announced awardees of its 2016 CDFI Fund Financial Assistance (FA) and Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) Awards. The Community Vision (Community Vision) received a $2 million FA award and a $3 million HFFI award. Community Vision will use the FA award to… Read More
  • Q&A with Esperanza Pallana, the New Member of Community Vision’s Strategic Initiatives TeamBy: admin | September 12, 2016
    Category: Community Vision Updates Healthy Foods
    Our Strategic Initiatives team supports Community Vision in developing and supporting community development initiatives that increase our impact and support the low-income communities we serve.  In August 2016 we welcomed Esperanza Pallana, who supports our efforts in increasing access to healthy foods throughout California.  Esperanza comes to Community Vision with over 15 years in food systems, environmental… Read More