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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 Update – March 2019

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...

Taskforce Update November 2018 – Built Environment

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...

Taskforce Update November 2018 – Food Now

Food on the Go for Seniors Congratulations Agriculture Institute of Marin for launching the Rollin’ Root mobile market!  The truck is stocked with lots of fruits and vegetables, including organic kale, chard, collards, cherry tomatoes, lettuce mix, onions, potatoes,...

Taskforce Update November 2018 – CalFresh

Expanding Free School Meal Opportunities Congratulations to the San Rafael City School District for increasing the district’s direct certifications! Due to dual enrollment activities, all students at all four elementary schools are eligible for free breakfast and...

Steering Committee Update – November 2018

We are thrilled to finally launch our first Marin HEAL newsletter.  Quarterly we will feature steering committee and taskforce updates including outcomes, work in progress and call to actions. We will highlight training and technical assistance, funding announcements,...

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