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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

Steering Committee – June 2019 Update

May is an exciting time of year as we begin celebrating the arrival of early season blueberries, cherries and stone fruit in our local food system. May is also a reminder of our community members who lack access to healthy food, and the importance of nutrition benefit...

Taskforce Update March 2019 – Built Environment

Taskforce Update March 2019 – Built Environment

Intergenerational Garden Program Recruitment The Marin City Intergenerational Garden (IG garden) is recruiting older adults and youth to participate in their community garden program, which plans to begin in mid-April. The program will serve as a place to transfer...

FoodNow – March 2019 Newsletter

FoodNow – March 2019 Newsletter

New Partnerships We are excited about our new partnership with NorCal Resources and Redwood Community Health Coalition to assist us with food security screening and referrals through the Aunt Bertha platform. NorCal Resources is a bi-directional closed loop HIPAA...

CalFresh – March 2019 Newsletter

CalFresh – March 2019 Newsletter

Congratulations to Alexandra Danino and Diana Jensen of the SF-Marin Food Bank who were both nominated for CalFresh Freshy Awards! The Freshy Awards honor the actions of individual Californians and organizations from across the state that have worked diligently in the...

Steering Committee – March 2019 Update

We are excited to welcome Andy Naja-Reese, new CEO of Agricultural Institute of Marin as chair and Dr. Tracey Hessel from Marin Community Clinics as co-chair of the HEAL Steering Committee.  Even though Andy is new to HEAL, he brings a wealth of knowledge and...

Built Environment – November 2018 Newsletter

San Rafael Farm to School Expansion The Farm to Student Subcommittee would like to thank everyone who submitted a letter of support for the expansion of the San Rafael Farm to School program at the previous McPhail Elementary...

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