The Food is Free Solano Park-It Market is a mobile farmers market that comes TO LOCAL CHILDCARE CENTERS. The Park-It Market is set up by Food is Free Solano Volunteers then the childcare center community is free to shop and chat.
RELEASE: Food is Free Solano receives grant from No Kid Hungry to decrease food insecurity in young children
Contact: Heather Pierini, 415-948-3131, Heather@FoodisFreeSolano.org
6/24/2021, Solano County, CA: No Kid Hungry, a campaign from the national nonprofit Share Our Strength, will invest $3 million in grants to organizations focused on early childhood to help decrease food insecurity among children under the age of six.
At one point during the past year, 40 percent of parents of kids under six reported job or income loss related to the coronavirus pandemic. More than one in five parents reported food insecurity in their household. Early childhood is the most intensive period of brain and body development, and hunger and hardship at this age can have long-term implications for children.
The No Kid Hungry grants will serve more than 120 early child care centers, healthcare providers and community organizations. These organizations work with an estimated 170,000 children under the age of five in 34 states and the District of Columbia, including Food is Free Solano in Solano County, CA.
“Food insecurity in the early years can have an immediate and lasting impact on overall health, learning, school readiness, and behavior,” says Caron Gremont, Director of Early Childhood for the No Kid Hungry campaign. “These flexible, year-long grants will help organizations provide healthy food to young kids and their families at this critical time.”
Food is Free Solano will be using these grant funds to implement a mobile farmer’s market program called the “Park-It Market” at childcare sites in Vallejo, CA. These markets will reach approximately 2500 families in Vallejo with fresh fruits and vegetables from Solano Gleaning Initiative and local farms. Plant starts and seeds will also be offered seasonally for families to experiment with growing their own food.
“The Park-It Market Program is an exciting opportunity to offer fresh local produce to families with young children in Vallejo.”
About No Kid Hungry
No child should go hungry in America. But in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, 1 in 6 kids could face hunger this year. No Kid Hungry is working to end childhood hunger by helping launch and improve programs that give all kids the healthy food they need to thrive. This is a problem we know how to solve. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of Share Our Strength, an organization committed to ending hunger and poverty.
Food is Free Solano was developed in response to the pandemic. We believe that food is a basic human right. Our goal is to create community, foment happiness and feed people. Everyone deserves access to nutritious, culturally relevant food. Food is Free Solano is a program of WAHEO, Inc, an organization committed to resource accessibility and human rights equity for residents of Solano County.