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24% of children in Marin have limited or uncertain access to adequate food/nutrition.

26% of residents experiencing food insecurity are older adults

FACT: African Americans and Latinos are twice as likely to have limited and uncertain access to adequate and healthy food as compared to their white counterparts.

The HEAL Hunger Initiative creates and aligns systems across government agencies and community organizations so everyone in Marin County has access to affordable, healthy food. HEAL partners work in three priority areas: CalFresh, Food Now and Built Environment.


CalFresh is the name of California’s food assistance program known across the country as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

Problem: Marin County has one of the lowest estimated CalFresh participation rates in California. Only around 45% of eligible residents receive CalFresh benefits.

Fact: If fully utilized, CalFresh, would generate an additional $45million in local economic activity.

Solution: Increase food assistance program participation by 10% in Marin County by 2021.

Food Now

Increasing access to food for hungry people when they need it.

Problem: Marin County’s food distribution systems are fragmented.

Fact: 26% older adults are at risk of food insecurity

Solution: Enhance the current food distribution system to include screening, referrals and mobile services.

Built Environment

Problem: Lack of environments that support and empower low-income communities to meet their economic needs.

Fact: Poverty is the number one indicator of food insecurity

Solution: Support urban and school farming as well as green job opportunities

CalFresh – November 2019 Newsletter

CalFresh – November 2019 Newsletter

CalFresh SSI/SSP Expansion Enrolls Over 800 Eligible Recipients In June 2019, California became the last state to offer nutrition benefits (CalFresh) to older adults and persons with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income and State Supplemental Payment...

Upcoming Events – October

Upcoming Events – October

Training & Technical Assistance Trauma Basics and the Relationship to Nourishment Tuesday, October 29, 9-10:30 AM: This 90-minute interactive webinar will introduce how trauma and adversity impact nutritional health, eating habits, and our relationship to food....

Marin City Job & Resource Fair 2019

Marin City Job & Resource Fair 2019

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM MARIN GATEWAY SHOPPING CENTER 100 DONAHUE STREET, MARIN CITY CALIFORNIA 94965 Choose the Right Job / Find Needed Resources Drop by and meet employers who are hiring.Access free resources and get help to prepare for your...

Built Environment – June 2019 Newsletter

Built Environment – June 2019 Newsletter

Marin City Intergenerational Garden Preps for Summer Recreation Program In preparation for the Marin City Summer Rec. Program, Mt. Tamalpais High School student volunteers helped clear last year’s container gardens and compiled the used soil to be fertilized for...

FoodNow – June 2019 Newsletter

FoodNow – June 2019 Newsletter

Healthy Food and Beverage Standards Adopted Supporting our community in setting healthy food and beverage standards is key to ensuring our clients are receiving healthy meals.  The Taskforce has adopted healthy food and beverage standards and will be hosting...

CalFresh – June 2019 Newsletter

CalFresh – June 2019 Newsletter

Resolution Declaring May as CalFresh Awareness Month Adopted Marin County Board of Superviors adopted a resolution proclaiming May as CalFresh Awareness Month on May 21, 2019. D’Angelo Paillet, Calfresh Program Manager presented to the board, highlighting the CalFresh...

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