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Cuh:uyaw: Increasing Tribal Family

Access to Healthy and Traditional Food


Resources Food Sovereignty and
Security Assessment Findings
WeavingNativeCultureIntoTheFuture


This project was funded by the First Nations Development Institute
and the NoVo Foundation.

Contact Information
Nicole Lim
cimandcc@aol.com
(707) 579-3004
www.cimcc.org
5250 Aero Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95403, USA
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Table of Contents
Introduction.................................................................................................................................1

Community..........................................................................................................................1

Research........................................................................................................................................8

FoodSovereigntyAssessment.........................................................................................8

Findings..............................................................................................................................19

StrategiesandRecommendations..........................................................................................33

CollaborationsforChange..............................................................................................33

Appendix....................................................................................................................................35

Resources............................................................................Error!Bookmarknotdefined.

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Introduction
Community
Organizational History and Purpose

TheCaliforniaIndianMuseumandCulturalCenter(CIMCC)wasfoundedin1991and
incorporatedasanonprofitorganizationin1996,CIMCCisastatewide,issuesbased
museumthatgivesCaliforniaIndiansavoiceinthetellingoftheirhistories.Withthe
experienceandtransformativepowerofexhibitsasguidingfactors,theCIMCCsgoalis
toprovideauniqueeducationalresourceonCaliforniaIndiansandaworldclass
destinationforthepeopleofCalifornia,thenationandtheworld.

Californiatribesarevitalcommunitiesandtheycontinuetoshape,transformand
contributetothedynamicculturallifeofCaliforniaandthenationasawhole.While
CaliforniaNativepeoplecomefromdiversecultures,theyhavemanycollective
historicalandcontemporaryexperiencesincommon.Thesesharedexperiencesform
thecoreoftheCIMCCinterpretivestrategy.Inmanyexistinghistoricalinstitutionsin
California,thehistoriesandculturesofCaliforniaIndiansaregenerallypresented
throughartifactbasedexhibitionsfocusingonpasthistories.Whilethepastis
considered,theCIMCCusescontemporaryCaliforniaIndianoraltestimoniesto
illuminateunderrepresentedthreadsofCaliforniaIndiancollectiveexperiencesviewed
throughthecontextofstatewideandnationalissues.CaliforniaIndianshavealways
reliedontheiroraltraditionstoexpresstheirhistoriesandcultures.Theseoral
traditionshavemostlybeensharedintertriballywithlimitedaccessbythegeneral
public.

CIMCCenrichesthepublicbyprovidingNativeperspectives.Usingstorytellingconveyed
throughsophisticated,interactivemultimedia,themuseumhelpsvisitorsexplorethecollective
experiencesofCaliforniaIndiansstatewide.

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CIMCCTribalYouthAmbassador,Jayden
Lim(Pomo)sharesstorieswithvisitorsat
MissionSonoma.

Theprimaryinterpretivestrategyofusing
Nativestorytellinginnotonlyculturally
appropriate,oralhistoriesarealsothebest
meansforshowingthediversityand
complexityofCaliforniaIndianculturesand
thestrengthofCaliforniaIndianstoovercome
extremeadversity.Onlythroughoralhistories
relayingtheemotionsthatoccurredovertime
canpeoplefullygraspthecontemporary
experienceofCaliforniaIndiansandsharein
ourknowledgeandourbrighthopesforthe
future.

CIMCCcreatesexhibitsandprogramsfor
thepublictolearnabouttribalperspectives
andwhereNativeAmericanscanproudlyviewCaliforniaIndiancontributionsto
civilization.CIMCCsworkasaculturalinstitutionreachesbeyondtraditionalmuseum
rolesofeducation,resourcesandpreservation.Itisourgoaltoprovideaforumfor
civicspace,adialogueforideasthatimpactthehistoryandfutureofAmericanIndians.
CIMCCisaplacetoaddressimportantissuesimpactingtribalcommunitiesthroughout
countryandthestate.

Tribal Community Profile

Thereareover12,000Pomotribal
membersanddescendantsfrom
23PomotribesinCIMCCsservice
area.Theirtraditionalterritoryin
thetricountyserviceareaof

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Sonoma,MendocinoandLakecountiesspansover6,400squaremiles.Community
membersaresomewhatisolatedfromeachotheronaregionallevelbecauseof
geographybuttheymaintainclosecommunityties.WhilethePomotribalcommunities
areseparate,sovereignnationstoday,thecommunityasawholeisrelatedintertribally
throughmarriage,socialaffiliations,culturaltraditionsandthe7Pomolanguages.

CIMCCsvisionasexpressedinourstrategicplan,tobealivingtributetoCalifornia
Indians,theircultures,lifestyles,andstrengthinovercomingextremeadversity,
anchorsourstrategicplantoourtribalaudiencesandtheirculturalcontinuity.
NutritionrelatedchronicdiseaseisanextremeadversitytoPomotribalcommunities.
Tribalcommunitymember,MeyoMarufo,summarizedthisissuebystatingkillthe
food,killtheculture.Theabilitytohealourselveslieswithinourtraditional
knowledgeandthecapacitytorestoreresourcesthroughoutourancestrallands.
Restorationandaccesstoculturalinformationandfoodsourcesisourprimarypathto
wellbeing.ThroughoutthisreportCIMCCreliesonthestrengthsofcommunityculture
bearersinaddressingchallengesasnutritionalhealthisathispressingdangertoour
currentandfuturegenerations.

History

ThelossoffoodsecurityamongPomotribal
communitiesisthedirectresultoffederaland
statepoliciesdesignedtobreakupIndian
familiesanddisenfranchiseNativepeoplefrom
theirlandsandculturalcommunities.Inthefirst
yearofCaliforniastatehood,legislationwas
passedwhichallowedU.S.citizenstopurchase
landsincludingthoselandsthatwerepartof
traditionalIndianterritory.In1851,Federal
governmentagentsenteredinto18treatieswith
someCaliforniatribeswhichsetaside7.5million
acresoflandforIndianuseandoccupancy.
Althoughthetriballeaderssignedthetreaties
andbegantomovetheirpeopleontotheselands,
thetreatieswereneverratifiedbytheUnited
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orderedtobesealedfor50years.Tribalmemberswhoweremovingtothenewtreaty
landsfoundthemselvespawnsinamajorlandtheftandwereleftlandless.Thiscaused
manyexistingIndiantribestodispersealongfamilygroupingstoanyunoccupiedlands
thattheycouldfind.By1905,thefederalgovernmentbecameawareofthelandless
statusofCaliforniatribes,causedbystateandfederalpolicies,Itbegantosetaside,
purchaseandputintotrusttheparcelsoflandthatCaliforniaIndianswereinhabiting.
AlthoughtheCaliforniaRancheriaActfundedthepurchaseoftheseparcelsforlandless
CaliforniaIndians,italsoinstitutedthefurthersplittingupoftribalcommunitiesand
hadadevastatingimpactontribalculturalpractices,includingtraditionaldiets.Thisis
oneillustrationofalonghistoryofinstitutionaleffortstocolonizeCaliforniaIndian
cultureandidentity.Centuriesoftheseviolenteffortshaveslowlyerodedthe
foundationsoftribaltraditionsandaccesstoculturalresources.Californiatribestoday
findthemselvesembroiledinmultigenerationalcyclesofdrugandalcoholabuse,
socialisolation,familyviolence,negativeeconomicopportunityandchronicdisease.
TheseconditionscriticallyseparateCaliforniaIndianpeoplefromtheirtribaltraditions
andculturalidentities.Inthiscontext,Pomotribalcommunitiestodayfaceacrisiswhen
itcomestohealthandtheissueofmaintainingandrevitalizingtribalculturaland
nutritionalpractices.

Historydrivesourfoodsovereigntyandsecuritystrategies.Ourcommunities
succumbedtodisease,starvation,murder,displacementandotheratrocitiesatamass
scaleduringthecolonizationofCalifornia.In1769,aconservativeestimated310,000
NativesinhabitedinCaliforniapriortotheintroductionoftheSpanishMissionSystem.
By1900,itwasestimatedthattherewereasfewas20,000Nativepeopleleftin
California.Thechangeinourdietsbroughtaboutbyforeignagriculturalpractices,gold
mining,deforestation,urbanizationandotherconditionsfiguredgreatlyinthe
diminishmentofourpeopleduringthistimeperiod.Ourdietarychallengesoftoday
areassociatedwiththehealthdisparitiesinourcommunities.Weseektorestoreour
dietsandwiththemthehealthandwellnessofourcommunities.Ourtraditionaldiets
werefoundedontherichanddiverselifewithinourplaces,andourtendingofour
homelandstosustainlife.

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Wearedriventoprotectourcommunitiesplaces.Ouroncesustainablerelationshipsto
ourlandsandwaterwayshavebeendisrupted.Thensomeofourcommunitieslosttheir
landsagainduringtheTerminationEraofthe1950sand60s.Ourancestrallandsand
waterwaysholdthefruitsofourdiets.Weseektorestoreouraccesstothemthrough
creativestewardshipswithotherstohelpputourhomelandsbackintobalancewithour
knowledge.

Importance of Food Sovereignty and Food Security

DiabetesisepidemicamongAmerican
IndiansandAlaskaNatives(Native
people)andcausesotherhealth
conditionsthatresultindisabilityand
death.Moreover,itisanincreasingly
globalhealthproblem.Accordingtothe
WorldHealthOrganization,therewere
422millionpeoplewithdiabetes
worldwidein2014andtheglobal
prevalenceofdiabetesamongadults
over18yearsofagerosefrom4.7%in

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1980to8.5%in2014.IntheUnitedStates,Nativeadultsexperiencea15.9%prevalence
rateofdiabetescomparedto11.7%ofalladults;theratesvarywidelybytribaland
urbanIndiancommunities(CenterforDiseaseControlandPrevention,2014).In
California,whichhasthelargestpopulationofNativepeopleinthenation,13%of
Nativesreportedbeingdiagnosedwithdiabetesand11%reportedbeingprediabetic
(CaliforniaRuralIndianHealthBoard,2014).Theageadjusteddiabetesmortalityrate
forNativepeopleinCaliforniawas33.9per100,000in2010andthesecondhighestof
allracialgroups(Conroy,Pendleton&Bates,2014).ThemajorityofNativepeoplein
CaliforniahaveTypeIIdiabetes.ComplicationsfromTypeIIdiabetesinclude
cardiovasculardisease;nerve,kidney,eyeandfootdamage;skinconditions;hearing
impairmentandAlzheimersdisease.Nativepeoplealsoexperiencedisparitiesinsome
ofthesehealthconditions.Forexample,NativepeopleinCaliforniahavethehighest
prevalencerateofcardiovasculardisease(44.2%)ofallraces.Concurrently,many
Nativepeoplearechallengedtomaintainhealthyweight,nutrition,eatinghabitsand
physicalactivity.NativeadultsinCaliforniahavethehighestobesityprevalencerate
(38.7%)ofallracialgroups(Conroy,
Darsie,Ilango,andBates,2016).

Diabetescanbepreventedand
controlledthroughhealthyeatingand
exercise.Historically,CaliforniaIndians
didnthavediabetes.Wehadavaried
dietandengagedinmuchphysical
activitytosustainourfoodresourcesin
areciprocalrelationshipwithour
homelands.Acornswerecentralinour
dietsandeateneveryday.Historically,
anestimated75%ormoreofCalifornia
Indiancommunitiesateacornsasaprimaryfoodsourceandacornscomprisedan
estimated50%ofourdiets(Kroeber,1925;Conti,2006).Muchofourfoodactivities
revolvedaroundtheveryphysicallydemandingpracticesofcultivating,gatheringand
processingacornsfromCalifornianativeoaks.Today,themajorityofNativepeoplein
Californiaeatacornsonlyonspecialoccasionsifatall.Researchproposesthatthehigh
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intothebloodstream,therebyprotectingusfromdevelopingdiabetes(Reinhardetal.,
2012).Nativepeoplehavehighratesofdiabetestodaybecauseofdrasticchangesinour
dietscausedbycolonizationandtheimpositionofforeigndietsandcommodityfoods
onourtribalcommunities,income,accesstohealthyandtraditionalfoodsandother
factors.

Sovereigntyisgenerallydefinedastherighttoenforcelawsoveronespeopleand
territory.Foodsovereigntyisoftendefinedastherightofpeoplestohealthyand
culturallyappropriatefoodproducedthroughecologicallysoundandsustainable
methods,andtheirrighttodefinetheirownfoodandagriculturesystems(Declaration
ofNylni,thefirstglobalforumonfoodsovereignty).Whenitcomestoboth
sovereigntyandfoodsovereigntyourcommunityiscurrentlyexperiencingadeficit.
Welackamajorityofcontroloverourancestralterritorieswhereourtraditionalfoods
canbecultivatedandharvestedtonourishourpeople.Diabetesandothernutrition
relateddiseasesarecontributingtoadminishedqualityoflifeandhighermortality
rates.CIMCCsseekstoidentifygapsinourabilitytoaccesstraditionalfoodsand
createstrategiestoaddresstheseissues.Ourgoalistoenableapathtofood
sovereigntyandhealthfortribalcommunitiesthroughoutMendocino,Sonoma
andLakeCounties.

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Research
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Surveys

Communityassessmenttoolsweremadeupofsurveys.Tribalfamilieswereaskedto
completequestionsaboutfoodsecurityandfoodsovereignty.Thecontentofthe
surveysisprovidedbelow.

FOODSECURITYCOMMUNITYQUESTIONNAIRE

Whatisyouremail(optionalifyouwouldliketobeenteredintotheFoodSecurity
drawing,
winnerswillbecontactedviaemailiftheyareselectedforprizes)?

Whatzipcodedoyoulivein?

Whatisyourtribalaffiliation?:

Howmanyindividualsliveinyourhome(includingyourself)?

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Age:Gender:

1.Doesyourfamilyalwayshaveenoughfood?
oYes
oNo,because...

IfyouansweredNo,whyistherenotalwaysenoughfood?
oWecantaffordenoughfood
oWedonthaveaccesstothefoodswewant
oWedonthavetimetobuyenoughfood
oOther:

2.Doesyourfamilyhaveaccesstohealthyfood(i.e.locallygrownorganic
fruits/vegetables,
locallygatheredseaweed,seafood,etc.)?
oYes
oNo,because...

IfyouansweredNo,whydontyouhaveaccesstohealthyfood?
oWecantaffordhealthyfood
oWedonthaveaccesstolandwherehealthyfoodcanbeharvested
oWedontknowhowtoidentifyhealthyfood
oWedontknowhowtocookwithhealthyfood
oWedonthavetimetoobtainhealthyfood
oOther:

3.Inthelast12months,wereyoueverhungrybutdidnteatbecausetherewasnt
enoughmoneyfor
food?
oYes
oNo
oldontknow

4.Inthelast12months,wereyoueverhungrybutdidnteatbecausetherewasnt
enoughtimeto

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gethealthyfood?
oYes
oNo
oldontknow

5.Thefoodthatmyfamilyboughtjustdidntlastandwedidnthavemoneytoget
more.Inthelast12months,thisstatementwas:
oOftentrue
oSometimestrue
oNevertrue
oIdontknow

6.MyfamilyandIcouldntaffordtoeathealthymeals.Inthelast12months,this
statementwas:
oOftentrue
oSometimestrue
oNevertrue
oldontknow

7.Doesyourfamilyparticipateinanyofthefollowingfoodassistanceprograms?
oFoodstamps,SNAP
oWomen,InfantsandChildrenProgram(WIC)
oCommoditiesProgram(FDPIR)
oSchoollunch/breakfastprogram
oMealsonWheels
oTheEmergencyFoodAssistanceProgram(TEFAP)
oNotapplicable
oOther:

8.Whatwerethereasonsyouusedfoodassistanceinthepastmonth?Checkallthat
apply.
oUnusualexpensesthismonth
oRanoutoffoodstamps
oRecentjobloss
oContinuedunemployment
oTraditionalsourcesoffoodnotavailable

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oNotapplicable
oOther:

9.Whatbarriers,ifany,preventyoufromusingtheseprograms?

oOurfamilydoesnotmeettheincomeeligibility
oTheapplicationprocessistooburdensome
oDonothavetherequireddocumentation
oOther:

10.Whatdoesyourfamilymostneedinordertoobtainenoughfood?
oMoremoneyforfood
oAccesstobulkfood
oTransportationtoobtainfood
oOther:

11.Whatdoesyourfamilymostneedinordertoobtainhealthyfood?
oMoremoneytoobtainhealthyfood
oTransportationtopurchasehealthyfood
oNutritioneducation
oCulturaleducation
oOther:
Other:

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FOODSOVEREIGNTYCOMMUNITYQUESTIONNAIRE

Whatisyouremail(optionalifyouwouldliketobeenteredintotheFoodSecurity
drawing,
winnerswillbecontactedviaemailiftheyareselectedforprizes)?

Whatzipcodedoyoulivein?

Whatisyourtribalaffiliation?:

Howmanyindividualsliveinyourhome(includingyourself)?

Age:Gender:

1.WhatdoyouconsidertraditionalPomofoods?

2.Areanyofthesetraditionalfoodsavailableinyourcommunitynow?
oYes
oNo
oIdontknow
oIdonotwanttoanswer
Idonotwanttoanswer

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IfYES,whichonesdoyoueat?

IfYES,Howdoyouobtainthem?
oGather
oHunt
oGifted
oTrade
oEatatspecialeventsorceremonies
oPurchase
oOther(pleasespecify)

IfNO,whatbarriersexist,ifany,toyougettingtraditionalfoods?
oCantidentify
oDonthaveaccesstolandwheretheyarelocated
oDonthavetimetoobtain(cultivate,harvest,process)
oOther(pleasespecify)

3.Howimportantarethefollowingtraditionalfoodsforpeopleinyourcommunity?
Pleaserank(veryimportant,important,somewhatimportant,doesnotexistinmy
community).

Acorn
Buckeyes
PepperNuts
PineNuts
Strawberries
Salmon
Blackberries
Elderberries
Raspberries
Huckleberries
Quail
Abalone
Mussels
Clams
Seaweed

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IndianPotatoes(Brodiaea)
Deer
Rabbit
Other:

4.Evaluatethefollowingstatement:Therearetraditionalfoodsavailableinmy
community.
oStronglyagree
oAgree
oNeutral
oDisagree
oStronglyDisagree

5.Howoftenaretraditionalfoodsavailableinyourcommunity?Ifso,whatarethese
foods?
oAlways:
oSometimes:
oRarely:
oNever

6.Onaverage,howmanyminutesfromyourhomedoyouhavetodrivetoaccess
traditionalfoods?

7.Howimportantarethefollowingfoodresourcesforpeopleinyourcommunity?
Pleaserank(veryimportant,important,somewhatimportant,doesnotexistinmy
community).

GroceryStore

FoodCoOp

ConvenienceStore

TribalFarm

FarmersMarket

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TraditionalFoodResources

FDPIR/CommoditiesProgram

FoodStamps

CommunityGarden/Farm

Homegarden/farm

Trade/Barter/Sharing

FoodBank

Arethereotherresourcesthatyouusethatarenotlistedabove?Pleasespecify.

Ofthefoodresourceslistedabove,whichdoyouusemostoften?

8.Whydoyouusethisfoodresourcemostoften?
oItisclosesttowhereIlive/work.
oIthasthemostaffordablefood.
oIthasthehealthiestfood.
oIthasthetypesoffoodthatIprefer.
oItiswhereIammostcomfortablebuyingfood.
oOther:

9.Evaluatethefollowingstatement:Thereishealthyfood(i.e.locallygrownorganic
fruits/vegetables,locallygatheredseaweed,seafood,etc.)availableinmycommunity.
oStronglyagree
oAgree
oNeutral
oDisagree
oStronglyDisagree

10.Howoftenarelocallyproducedfoodsavailableinyourcommunity?Ifso,whatare
thesefoods?
oAlways:

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oSometimes:
oRarely:
oNever

11.Onaverage,howmanyminutesfromyourhomedoyouhavetodrivetoaccess
freshfruitsand
vegetables?

12.Aretherecertainfoodsyouwouldliketoeatthataredifficulttogetinyour
community?If
so,whatarethey?Whyaretheydifficulttoget?

13.Whatwouldyouliketoseehappeninyourcommunitytoincreaseaccessto
healthy,
locallyproduced,and/ortraditionalfoods?Pleaseratethefollowingideas(very
important,important,somewhatimportant,doesnotexistinmycommunity).

IncreaseinNativefoodvendors

Increaseinavailabilityoftraditionalfoodsat

FarmersMarkets

Creationofanativefoodcoops

Moreeducationabouttraditionalfoods

Classesonhowtopreparetraditionalfoods

MoreHomegardens/farms

Morefoodbanks

IncreaseSustainableagriculturalpractices

MoreTribalCommunitygardens/farms

Increasecropdiversity

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Gardeningorfarmingworkshops/classes

Policychanges

Cookingclasses

Betterfoodaccess

Lesslandlost

Other:

14.Doyouknowatriballyrun/ownedfoodproducer,foodbusinessowneror
traditionalfoodvendor
orchef?
oYes
oNo

Ifyes,pleaseprovidedescriptiveinformationsowecancontactthemtoincludethemin
our
healthyfoodsresourceguide:

15.Doyouthinkhealthproblemsinyourcommunityarecausedbyalackofhealthy
andnutritious
food?
oYes
oNo
Pleaseexplainyouranswer

16.Doyouthinkhealthproblemsinyourcommunityarecausedbyalackoftraditional
foods?
oYes
oNo
Pleaseexplainyouranswer

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17.Ifyoucouldtellyourcommunityleadershipanythingabouttheimportanceof
traditionalandhealthyfoodswithinyourtribalcommunity,whatwouldyoutellthem?

Time Frame and Demographics

FoodsovereigntyassessmentactivitieswereconductedbetweenSeptember20162017.
ProjectstaffworkedwithtribalhealthclinicsandorganizationsthroughoutSonoma,
MendocinoandLakecountiestodisseminateassessmentdataandgatherinterviews
relatedtoidentificationofhealthyfoodresourcesandgapstoobtainingthoseresources
throughoutthecommunity.Projectstaffparticipatedincommunityeventsand
conductedfoodsovereigntythemedprogrammingthroughouttheprojecttoengage
communitymembersinthecontributionofdataanddialogueaboutcommunity
responses.

Pomotribalcommunitiesaremadeupof23tribesacrossthreecountiesinNorthern
California.Assessmentrespondentsarecomprisedoftribalmembersanddescendants
from20federallyrecognizedand3unrecognizedPomotribes.ThePomotribes
constituteapproximatelyonefifthofCalifornias109federallyrecognizedtribes.
Accordingtothe2005BureauofIndianAffairs,LaborForceReport(themostcurrent

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reportavailable),thereareatotalof11,699enrolledmembersinthe20federally
recognizedtribes.Thetribesrangeinsizefromthosewithaverysmallpopulationsuch
asthePotterValleyBandofPomoIndianshavingatotalenrollmentof6membersto
theRoundValleyTribeswith3,785membersenrolled.

Nativepeopleareonlyafractionoftheoverall
populationwithinthethreecounties.Accordingtothe
U.S.Census,thereare13,307NativepeopleinSonoma
County.Thepopulationofthisrural,coastalareain
NorthernCaliforniaexceeds490,000.Alargepercentage
ofSonomasNativepopulationareyoungpeople.At
29.5years,themedianageoftheNativepopulationin
theCountyisaboutthesameasthestatewidemedian
ageforNativepeople(30.5years),butmuchlowerthan
themedianagesofthegeneralpopulationinSonoma
County(39.9years)andCalifornia(35.2years).Over
34%ofthetotalNativepopulationinSonomaCountyis
youthages0to24.Thereare5federallyrecognizedtribesinSonomaCounty:
CloverdaleRancheriaofPomoIndians,DryCreekRancheriaofPomoIndians,
FederatedTribesofGratonRancheria,LyttonRancheriaofPomoIndiansandStewarts
PointRancheria.Withatotal3,386membersamongallofthemperthemostrecent
BureauofIndianAffairsAmericanIndianPopulationandLaborForceReport(2005),
themembershipofthesesmalltribescompriseaboutonequarterofSonomasNative
population.About40%ofthetotallocaltribalmembership(1,378people)isbetween16
and64yearsofage.

Findings
Results

Thefoodsovereigntyandsecurityassessmentfindingsrepresented179households.
Individualsrepresentedinthehouseholdsrangedfrom1yearto90yearsold.

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Householdsizesrangedfrom1to8individuals.18ofthe23Pomotribesare
represented,howeveramajorityoftherespondentsindicatedthattheywerePomo,
withoutidentifyingaspecificnation.

Toassessfoodsecurity.Communitymemberswereaskediftheirfamilieshadenough
food.68%oftherespondentsansweredyesand32%selectedno.

RespondentswhoselectedNowereaskedwhytheydidnotalwayshaveenough
food.46%repliedthattheywerenotabletoaffordenoughfood,6%selectedthatthey
didnothaveaccesstothefoodstheywanted,6%saidthattheydidnothavetimeto
buyenoughfoodand42%selectedother.Respondentswhodescribedtheirother
responsescitedseveralbarriers.Manyoftherespondentscitedmultiplereasonsabove
intheirotherexplanation.Someofthefollowingvariousresponseswerealsocited:

healthandorganicfoodsarelimitedinremoteareas
dependsonthemonth,somemonthsmoneydoesntgoasfar
organicfoodisveryexpensive

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foodstampsarelimited
transportationisnotavailable
fixedincomedoesallowit

Theassessmentwentontomeasurewhetherfamilieshasaccesstohealthyfoods.62%
repliedYesand38%saidNo.OfthosethatrepliedNo,thefollowingreasonswere
cited:

17%Wecantaffordhealthyfood,
17%Wedonthaveaccesstolandwherehealthyfoodcanbeharvested,
5%Wedontknowhowtoidentifyhealthyfood,
3%Wedontknowhowtocookwithhealthyfood,
5%Wedonthavetimetoobtainhealthyfood,
53%Other.

Othercategoryexplanationsincludedmultiplebarriersaboveandthefollowing:

floodscontaminatedlocalgardeningareas
farmstandsdonotsupplyseaweed
farmersmarketsareonlyseasonal
disabilitypreventsmefromgardeningorpurchasingorganic

Respondentswerealsoaskedifduringthelastyeartheywerehungrybutunabletoeat
becausetherewasntenoughmoneyforfood.28%saidYes,68%saidNo,and4%
repliedthattheydidnotknowtheanswer.Afollowupquestiononthesametopic
askedifduringthelastyeartheywerehungrybutunabletoeatbecausetherewasnot
enoughtimetoobtainhealthyfood.28%repliedYes,69%saidNo,and3%didnot
know.

Nexttherespondentswereaskedtoevaluatethefollowingstatement,Thefoodthat
myfamilyboughtjustdidntlastandwedidnthavemoneytogetmore.Responses
showedthat13%believedthestatementwasOftentrue,27%Sometimestrue,56%
Nevertrue,and4%didnotknowifitwastrue.Nexttheassessmentexaminedthe
communitysabilitytoaffordhealthymeals.Respondentsevaluatedwhethertheir
familycouldntaffordtoeathealthymeals.For29%ofrespondentsthestatementwas
Oftentrue,28%Sometimestrue,41%Nevertrue,and2%didnotknow.

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Thelastsectionofthefoodsecurityassessmentfocusedonfoodassistanceprogram
participationandbarrierstoparticipation.Familieswereaskedtoindicateifthey
participatedinthefollowingprograms:

20%Foodstamps,SNAP
2%Women,InfantsandChildrenProgram(WIC)
16%CommoditiesProgram(FDPIR)
6%Schoollunch/breakfastprogram
0%MealsonWheels
1%TheEmergencyFoodAssistanceProgram(TEFAP)
26%Notapplicable
29%Other.

Forthosethatindicatedother,manylistedmultipleprogramsabove,socialsecurity,
andseniorfoodprograms.Whenaskedtoidentifyreasonswhytheyusedfood
assistance,thefollowingwererated:

14%Unusualexpensesthismonth
6%Ranoutoffoodstamps
5%Recentjobloss
7%Continuedunemployment
3%Traditionalsourcesoffoodnotavailable
45%Notapplicable
20%Other(multiplereasonsabove,disabilityandsocialsecurity).

Theassessmentalsoevaluatedbarrierspreventingcommunitymembersfromaccessing
foodassistanceprograms.59%oftherespondentsstatedthattheirfamilydoesnot
meettheincomeeligibility,6%saidthattheapplicationprocessistooburdensome,
6%didnothavetherequireddocumentation,and29%citedother.Somefamilies
identifiedenrollmentinoneprogramcancellingeligibilityinanotherprogramin
explainingother.

Familieswerealsoaskedwhattheyfeltwasmostneededtoobtainenoughfood.

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22%saidtheyneededMoremoney.11%citedtheneedforaccesstobulkfood,6%
saidtheyrequiredtransportationtoobtainfood.Theothercategorycitedseveralof
theaboveresponses.Gardeningandrepairswerealsocitedunderother.Whenasked,
whatfamiliesneededmosttoobtainhealthyfood,thefollowingweretherated
responses:

37%Moremoneytoobtainhealthyfood
6%Transportationtopurchasehealthyfood
10%Nutritioneducation
7%Culturaleducation
23%Other.

Othercategoryspecificationsincluded,multiplereasonsabove,morehealthyfood
vendorsandaccesstowater(thatdoesnothavetobepumped.)

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Toassessfoodsovereignty,respondentswereaskedtoidentifythefoodsthey
consideredtobetraditionalPomofoods.Thefollowingfoodswereidentified.
Percentageratesrepresentthenumberofrespondentsthatidentifiedeachofthem.

Fish27.14%
Abalone21.43%
Salmon21.43%
AcornMush18.57%
Bread17.14%
Nuts10%
IndianTacos5.71%
Tortillas5.71%
Elk4.29%
Plants4.29%
Natural2.86%
Variety2.86%
Food2.86%
Veggies2.86%
Water2.86%

Whenaskedifanyofthesetraditionalfoodswerepresentlyavailableinthecommunity,
61%saidYes,20%saidNo,18%wereunsureand1%didnotwanttoanswer.
Thoserespondentsthatansweredyeswereaskedtoidentifywhichfoodstheyate.The
topresponsesareoutlinedbelow:

Berries40.43%
Seaweed34.04%
Acorn19.15%
Nuts10.64%
Bread6.38%

Nextrespondentswereaskedhowtheyobtainedthetraditionalfoodstheyate.12%
saidtheygather,2%obtainbyhunting,2%aregiftedfoods,0%indicatedthatthey
tradeforfood,16%eachtraditionalfoodsatspecialeventsand16%purchase
traditionalfoods.Other,categoryresponsesspecifiedmultiplemethodsabove,some
oftheotherresponsesindicatedthattheyobtaintraditionalfoodsthroughfamily

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members.Forthoserespondentsthatindicatedthattraditionalfoodswerenotavailable
inthecommunity,theywereaskedtoidentifythefollowingbarriers:

15%Cantidentify
36%Donthaveaccesstolandwheretheyarelocated
29%Donthavetimetoobtain(cultivate,harvest,process)
20%Other

Othercategoriesspecificationsincluded,multiplereasonsstatedabove,needformore
training,waterqualityissuesanddisability.

Theassessmentexaminedhowcommunitymembersrankedtheimportanceofspecific
traditionalfoods.ThefollowingillustratespercentagesofVeryImportantand
Importantrankings.

AcornVeryImportant50.00%Important18.92%
BuckeyesVeryImportant21.88%Important6.25%
PepperNutsVeryImportant19.70%Important15.15%
PineNutsVeryImportant43.08%Important24.62%
StrawberriesVeryImportant62.67%Important22.67%
SalmonVeryImportant67.09%Important16.46%
BlackberriesVeryImportant75.64%Important15.38%
ElderberriesVeryImportant46.97%Important22.73%
RaspberriesVeryImportant56.94%Important20.83%
HuckleberriesVeryImportant40.91%Important22.73%
QuailVeryImportant38.24%Important16.18%
AbaloneVeryImportant60.53%Important21.05%
MusselsVeryImportant44.12%Important20.59%
ClamsVeryImportant47.14%Important20.00%
SeaweedVeryImportant69.33%Important17.33%
IndianPotatoes(Brodiaea)VeryImportant36.07%Important16.39%
DeerVeryImportant58.11%Important18.92%
RabbitVeryImportant30.77%Important21.54%

Whenaskedtoevaluatehowtheyfeltaboutthestatementofwhethertraditionalfoods
areavailableinmycommunity,15%stronglyagreed,25%agreed,33%feltneutral,

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21%disagreedand6%stronglydisagreed.Respondentswerealsoaskedtoevaluate
howoftentheybelievedtraditionalfoodswereavailable,17%believeditwasalways
available,49%saiditwassometimesavailable,25%saiditwasrarelyavailableand9%
saiditwasneveravailable.

Respondentswereaskedhowlongittookthemtodrivetoaccesstraditionalfoods.
Responsesrangedfrom20to180minutes.

Theassessmentalsofocusedontheimportanceofexistinggoodresources.
Respondentsranked(veryimportant,important,somewhatimportant,doesnotexist
inmycommunity)thefollowingresources:

GroceryStore
FoodCoOp
ConvenienceStore
TribalFarm
FarmersMarket
TraditionalFoodResources
FDPIR/CommoditiesProgram
FoodStamps
CommunityGarden/Farm
Homegarden/farm
Trade/Barter/Sharing
FoodBank

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Respondentswerealsoaskedwhichfoodresourcestheyusedthemostoftenandwhy.
Themostpopularresponsesareoutlinedbelow.

GroceryStore46.15%
Garden10.26%
FoodCoop6.41%
FarmersMarket5.13%
Commodities3.85%

ItisclosesttowhereIlive/work.
Ithasthemostaffordablefood.
Ithasthehealthiestfood.
IthasthetypesoffoodthatIprefer.
ItiswhereIammostcomfortablebuyingfood

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Whenaskedtoevaluatethefollowingstatement:Thereishealthyfood(i.e.locally
grownorganicfruits/vegetables,locallygatheredseaweed,seafood,etc.)availablein
mycommunity,19%stronglyagreed,28%agreed,28%wereneutral,22%disagreed
and3%stronglydisagreed.

Respondentsalsoindicatedifhowoftenarelocallyproducedfoodswereavailable.The

followingchartillustratesthefindings.

Respondentsindicatedthattheydrove530minutestoaccessfreshfruitsand
vegetables.Theyalsoidentifiedthefollowingfoodsasfoodstheywouldliketoeatbut
weredifficulttofind:

Seaweed
Acorn
Salmon

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Theassessmentalsoaskedwhatchangesrespondentswouldliketoseehappento
increaseaccesstohealthyand/ortraditionalfoods.Theyratedthefollowingactions
asveryimportant,important,somewhatimportant,ordoesnotexistinmycommunity.

IncreaseinNativefoodvendorswasratedveryimportantby60%andimportant
by27%oftherespondents.
IncreaseinavailabilityoftraditionalfoodsatFarmersMarketswasratedvery
importantby52%andimportantby34%oftherespondents.
Creationofanativefoodcoopswasratedveryimportantby51%andimportant
by27%oftherespondents.
Moreeducationabouttraditionalfoodswasratedveryimportantby68%and
importantby24%oftherespondents.
Classesonhowtopreparetraditionalfoodswasratedveryimportantby64%
andimportantby21%oftherespondents.
MoreHomegardens/farmswasratedveryimportantby64%andimportantby
24%oftherespondents.
Morefoodbankswasratedveryimportantby39%andimportantby28%ofthe
respondents.
IncreaseSustainableagriculturalpracticeswasratedveryimportantby57%and
importantby28%oftherespondents.
MoreTribalCommunitygardens/farmswasratedveryimportantby65%and
importantby23%oftherespondents.
Increasecropdiversitywasratedveryimportantby61%andimportantby25%
oftherespondents.
Gardeningorfarmingworkshops/classeswasratedveryimportantby67%and
importantby21%oftherespondents.
Policychangeswasratedveryimportantby46%andimportantby29%ofthe
respondents.
Cookingclasseswasratedveryimportantby58%andimportantby31%ofthe
respondents.
Betterfoodaccesswasratedveryimportantby68%andimportantby22%ofthe
respondents.
Lesslandlostwasratedveryimportantby63%andimportantby20%ofthe
respondents.

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Otherideasidentifiedwereonlinestoresfornativefoods,nativefoods,famersmarkets,
changeinvalues,andmorepubliclandstoharvestnativefoods.

Inanefforttoincreaseawarenessofnativefoodvendors.Respondentswereaskedis
theyknewatriballyrun/ownedfoodproducer,foodbusinessownerortraditionalfood
vendororchef.15%oftherespondentsindicatedthattheydidknowsomeoneand85%
saidtheydidnotknowifanyone.Respondentswhocouldidentifyanativefood
vendorwereaskedtoprovideadescriptionand/orcontactinformation.Vendorswho
wereidentifiedareincludedintheHealthyResourceguideincludedintheappendixof
thisreport.

Thefinalsectionoftheassessmentfocusedonhealthissuesandtriballeadership.
Respondentswereaskediftheythoughtthathealthproblemswithinthecommunity
werecausedbyalackofhealthyandnutritiousfoods.78%answeredyesand22%
answeredno.Theywerealsoaskediftheybelievedhealthproblemstobecausedbya
lackoftraditionalfoods.65%answeredyesand35%answeredno.Lastlytheywere
askedwhattheywouldliketheirtriballeadershiptoknowaboutimportanceof
traditionalandhealthyfoods.Someoftheresponsesareoutlinedbelow:

weneedtoteachandeducate
communitygardenshelpeldersandfamilieshavenutritiousalternatives
stopallowingunhealthyfoodcommoditiesintoourcommunities
foodismedicine
diabetesisthebiggestprobleminourcommunity
teachyoungpeopletogatherandprepare
cultivatefoodeducation
increasehealthylifestylesatanearlyage
killthefood,killtheculture
eatingtraditionalfoods,speakingyourlanguagehelpskeepourculturesalive
pleasemakehealthandnativefoodsapriority.

Gaps in Accessing Healthy Foods

Theassessmentfindingsindicateseveralcommongapsinourtribalcommunity
membersaccesstohealthyandtraditionalfoods.Thetransmissionofknowledgeisa
commonissue.Communitymembersareconcernedaboutbeingabletoidentifyfoods

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andmedicinesandlearningstewardshippracticesthatsupportthegrowthand
abundanceofthesefoods.Whileinterviewingculturebearersonfoodassessment
topics,manycommentedonthestatusofopenspaceandnativeplantsbeing
overgrownwithunderbrush.Wheretraditionallyourpeoplewouldhavepracticed
controlledburnseverycoupleofyearstoreducegrowthandcareforresources,
Californiastatelawshavepreventedthispracticeforover100years.Thus,openspace
thathousesnativeplantsisripeforforestfires,twoofwhichhaveimpactedourLake
Countytribesinrecentyears.Communitymemberswanttolearnmoreabout
identificationandstewardshipandworkwithstateandcountypartnerstofosterthe
growthofculturalresources.

Theaffordabilityofhealthyandorganicfoodsisaprevalentissueforthecommunity.
Communitymemberscitedtheexpenseofthesefoodsasabarriermultipletimes
throughouttheassessment.Farmersmarketsandorganicfoodstoreschargehigher
pricestocoverincreasedcostsofproduction,marketingandsales.Nothavingtimeto
gather,harvestorpurchasetraditionalandhealthyfoodswasanothercommonthread
inthefindings.Traditionalfoodpracticestaketimetogainknowledgeandconduct
stewardshipandharvestactivities.Communitymembersneedtodedicatetimeand
labortotheprocess.Communitymembersoftencitedwork,schoolandextracurricular
activitiesasconflictingwiththeirabilitytocommittothisprocess.

Controloflandisanotherbarriertoincreasingaccesstotraditionalfoods.Manytribes
havesmalllandbasesandcommunitymembersdonotoftenownlandasthecostis
higherthanmostpartsoftheUnitedStates.Mostofthelandinourregionisprivatized
bythewine,cattleandtimberindustries.Creatingamarketeconomyfornativefood
vendorsisanotherbarriertoincreasingaccess.Someculturebearersindicateda
negativeviewofsellingtraditionalfoods,suchasacorn,inexchangeformoney.
Viablebusinessmodelsforvendorsaredifficultconsideringtheseasonalgatheringof
traditionalfoods,thelaborintensivenatureofharvestandthecostoraccessibilityof
lands.Competitionforresourceswithsurroundingwineandfoodindustryalsohinder
accesstotraditionalfoods.Forexample,abaloneisatraditionalfoodbutviewedasa
delicacybyotherculturesandthefinediningindustry.Thus,traditionalfood
harvestersareindirectcompetitionwithindividualsseekingthisresourceforprofit.
Additionally,culturebearersindicatedthatPomopeopleplantedoaktreesinrowsfor
harvest.Whilesomeofthesetreeshavebeenprotected,themajorityofthemare
locatedonprivatelandsthatarenowgrapevineyards.Anativevendorseekingto

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growandmaintainanoakorchardwouldbeindirectcompetitionwiththemulti
milliondollarwineindustryseekingtodevelopacashcrop.

Eligibilityforfoodassistanceprogramsemergedasaclearbarrierinthefoodsecurity
findings.Manyrespondentscitedthattheirincomemadethemineligibleforassistance.
Duetothehighcostoflivinginourregionfamiliesmayappeartohavehigher
incomesbuttheircostsarestretchedamongrent/mortgages,energy,transportationand
otherexpensesthatmakeverylittleleftoverforobtaininghealthyfoods.Climate
changeisanotherissuethatispreventingincreasedaccesstohealthyfoods.Existing
foodresourcesarebeinglimitedbytheimpactsofclimatechange.Abalonewerenot
abletobeharvestedthisyearduetoincreasedoceantemperaturesandtheimpacton
theoceanfoodchain.Suddenoakdeathisanotherresultofclimatechangereducing
theacornfoodsupply.Thediseaseistheresultofafungusthatthrivesinwarmer
temperatures.

Lastly,foodsovereigntyisnotoftenviewedaspoliticalpriorityfortriballeadership.
Manytriballeadershipsareworkingonmanypressingissuesrelatedtoeconomic
development,culturalrevitalization,socialservicesandeducation.Foodchoicesare
oftenviewedasindividualorpersonal.Nutritionrelateddiseases,whileabundant,
happenslowlyoverlongperiodsoftime.Thetribalcommunitywillneedtocallupon
theirleadershiptopressfortheurgencyofthesecommunityhealthissues.

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Strategies and Recommendations


Collaborations for Change
Thefollowingareactionsthatcanbetakentoreducebarrierstoaccessinghealthyand
traditionalfoods:

Improvingcommunitymemberknowledgeofstewardshipandresource
identification.
workwithCultureBearers,createvideodocumentation,increaseclasses
andworkshops,publishresources
Increasingaffordabilityofhealthyfoods.

createnativefoodfarmersmarket,integratemorehealthyfoodsinto
assistanceprograms,providemorehealthyfoodsinbulk,createonline
nativefoodsstore

Reducingtimeittakestogather,cultivateoraccesshealthyfoods.

exploretechnologicalsolutions,organizecommunityvolunteerevents

Increasingcommunitycontroloverhealthyfoodresources,includingincreased
accesstoprivatizedlandandgatheringopportunities.

createcomanagement/stewardshippartnerships,establishMOUswith
publiclands,establishrelationshipswithlandconservancies

Creationofamarketfornativefooditemsandvendors.

createonlinesalescenter,createnativefoodsfarmersmarket,create
partnershipstoreducevendorproductioncosts,partnerwithnativeyouth
groupstoprovidevolunteersandfostertransgenerationallearning
experiences

Reducecompetitionforresourcesbetweenwine/culinaryfoodindustryand
tribalcommunities.

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Educateindustryrepresentatives,partnerwithindustryincreating
modelsforcollaboration

Mitigateimpactsofclimatechangeonexistingnativefoodsystems.

Outreachtoadvocacyorganizations,educatepublic,researchscientific
interventionstrategies

Proposeamendmentstofoodprogramassistanceeligibilityrequirements.

Outreachtofoodassistanceprogramstosharedataandpropose
administrativesolutions

Fosterprioritizationoffoodsovereigntyissueswithlocaltriballeaders.

Outreachtotriballeadership,hosteducationaltraining,propose
communityactionagenda

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Appendix
Resources
Healthy Foods Resource Map

Healthy Foods Resource Guides

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CommunityFoodResourceGuide:SonomaCounty

CalFresh

(707)5652715or(877)6996868

www.sonomacalfresh.org

TypeOfAid:

FormerlyknownasFoodStamps.Supplementsthehouseholdfoodbudget.

Getapplicationassistanceatthefollowingagencies:

CatholicCharities(707)2843450extension374

CommunityActionPartnership(707)5446911

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HealdsburgDayLaborCenter(707)4336652

LaLuzCenter(707)9385131

NorthSonomaCountyServices(707)4336161

PetalumaPeopleServicesCenter(707)7658488

SonomaCounty211(707)5652108

Hours/Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

RedwoodEmpireFoodBank

RedwoodEmpireFoodBank

3990BrickwayBlvdSantaRosa,CA95403

(707)5237900

www.refb.org

TypeOfAid:

Countywidereferralstofoodprograms,pantriesandCalFreshapplicationassistance.
Monthlyfooddistribution.Freechildrenslunchduringthesummer.

Hours:

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MondaythroughFriday:

8:00amto4:30pm

Cloverdale

CloverdaleFoodPantry

202CommercialStreet,Cloverdale

(707)8947896

TypeOfAid:

Groceriestoneedyfamilies

Hours:

Friday13pm

Eligibility:

Pleasecallforeligibilityrequirements

Forestville

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ForestvilleUnitedMethodistChurchFoodCloset

6550CoveyRoad,Forestville

(707)8872020

TypeofAid:

Groceries

Hours:

2ndand4thMondayofthemonth.Registerat12:30pm.Pickupat1:30pm

Eligibility:

Pleasecallforeligibilityrequirements

Graton

CatholicCharitiesoftheDioceseRuralFoodProject

2981BowenStreet,Graton

(707)5288712

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TypeofAid:

FoodDistributiontoneedyfamilies,farmworkersandworkingpoor

Hours:

4thFridayofthemonthfrom910am

Eligibility:

Pleasecallforeligibilityrequirements

Guerneville

RivertoCoastChildrensServices

16300FirstStreet,Guerneville

(707)8693613

TypeofAid:

Emergencyfood,diapersandformula.

Hours/Eligibility:

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Callforinformation

RussianRiverCommunityPantry

GuernevilleCommunityChurch,14520ArmstrongWoodsRoad,Guerneville

(707)8693661

TypeofAid:

Foodpantry

Hours:

2ndand4thSaturdayofthemonthfrom10am12pm

Eligibility:

Callforinformation

WestCountyCommunityServices

GuernevilleParkandRideacrossfromArmstrongRedwoodsentranceandwestof
Safeway,Guerneville

(707)8690655

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TypeofAid/Hours/Eligibility:

Pleasecallformoreinformation

Healdsburg

CatholicCharitiesoftheDioceseRuralFoodProject

209MathesonStreet,Healdsburg

(707)5288712

TypeofAid:

Fooddistributiontoneedyfamilies,farmworkersandworkingpoor

Hours:

1stThursdayofthemonthfrom910am.

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

HealdsburgSharedMinistriesFoodPantry

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1505HealdsburgAvenue,Healdsburg

(707)4333663

TypeofAid:

Foodpantry

Hours:

Tuesday,WednesdayandFridays34:30pm

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

TrinityBaptistChurch

515PowellAvenue,Healdsburg

(707)4334364

TypeofAid:

Groceries

Hours:

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1stSaturdayfrom910am

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

MonteRio

St.AndrewsMissionFoodProgram

20329Highway116,MonteRio

(707)8650834

TypeofAid:

Groceries

Hours:

EveryTuesdayfrom56:30pm

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

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Occidental

CatholicCharitiesoftheDioceseRuralFoodProject

3730BohemianHighway,Occidental

(707)5288712

TypeofAid:

Fooddistributiontoneedyfamilies,farmworkersandworkingpooronthe

Hours:

2ndTuesdayofthemonthfrom911am

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

OccidentalCommunityChurch

3637ChurchStreet,Occidental

(707)8743501

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TypeofAid:

FoodvouchersforOccidentalresidents

Hours/Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

St.PhilipApostleRuralFoodProgram

3730BohemianHighway,Occidental

(707)8743812

TypeofAid:

Fooddistribution

Hours:

2ndTuesdayfrom910:30am.Registrationstartsat8:30am.

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformaton

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Petaluma

CommitteeontheShelterless(COTS)FoodBox

900HopperStreet,Petaluma

(707)7656530

TypeofAid:

Emergencygroceries

Hours/Eligibility:

Callforapplication

InterfaithPantries

825MiddlefieldDrive,Petaluma

TypeofAid:

Foodpantry

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Hours:

Saturdaysfrom10:30am12pm

InterfaithPantries

320NorthMcDowellBoulevard,Petaluma

TypeofAid:

Foodpantry

Hours:

Tuesdaysat5:30pm

InterfaithPantries

504BakerStreet,Petaluma

TypeofAid:

Foodpantry

Hours:

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Thursdaysat5:30pm

MeganFurthHarvestPantry

LakevilleStreetandJefferson(behindLolitasMarket),Petaluma

(707)5237900

TypeofAid:

Hours:

Thursdayfrom12pm

Eligibility:

Proofofchildbirthdaterequired

SantaRosaFirstChurchofGod

4001RoblarRoad,Petaluma

(707)7951544

TypeofAid:

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Foodandrelief

Hours:

Wednesdaysfrom67pm

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

RohnertPark

NOAH

CrossandCrownLutheranChurch,5475SnyderLane,RohnertPark

TypeofAid:

Callformoreinformation

Hours:

Wednesdays46pm.Bringbagsorboxes.

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Eligibility:

Cotati,RohnertParkandPenngroveresidentswithID

SantaRosa

CatholicWorker

437AStreet,SantaRosa

(707)5758342

TypeofAid:

Foodpantry

Hours:

TuesdaysandFridaysat8am

Eligibility:

IDrequired

ElishasPantry

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ChristChurch,1717YulupaAvenue,SantaRosa

(707)5270196or(707)5422569

TypeofAid:

Groceries

Hours:

Thursdaysfrom45:30pm

Eligibility:

Serveszipcodes95404,95405and95409

FeedOurChildrenofSonomaCounty

3350CoffeyLane#C,SantaRosa

(707)5753333

TypeofAid:

Freefruits,vegetables,andbreadprovided.

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Hours:

Callformoreinformation

Eligibility:

IDandSocialSecurityNumberrequired.

FISHofSantaRosa

2900McBrideLane,SantaRosa

(707)5275151

TypeofAid:

3daysofgroceries.

Hours/Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

GreaterPowerhousePantry

777HearnAvenue,SantaRosa

(707)5288051

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TypeofAid:

Foodpantry

Hours:

2ndand4thSaturdaysfrom911am

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

HolySpiritCatholicParish

1244St.FrancisDrive,SantaRosa

(707)5394494

TypeofAid:

Foodassistance

Hours:

everyWednesdayat10am

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Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

KnoxFoodPantry

KnoxPresbyterianChurch,1650West3rdStreet,SantaRosa

(707)5445468

TypeofAid:

Groceries

Hours:

everyThursdayfrom34pm.

Eligibility:

Serviceszipcodes95401through95407

PalmsInn

3345SantaRosaAvenue,SantaRosa

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(707)5681011

TypeofAid:

Freegroceries

Hours:

everyTuesdayat2pm

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

RedwoodCovenantChurchOpenCloset

3175SebastopolRoad,SantaRoad

(707)5288463

TypeofAid:

Foodandclothingassistance

Hours:

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2ndSaturdayofthemonthat8am

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

SalvationArmySantaRosaCorps

93StonyCircle,SantaRosa

(707)5420981

TypeofAid:

Foodpantry

Hours:

MondaythroughFridayfrom10am12pm

Eligibility:

IDrequired.Mustprovideproofofaddress

SantaRosaAllianceChurchFoodPantry

301FultonRoad,SantaRosa

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(707)5423676

TypeofAid:

Foodpantry

Hours:

3rdSaturdayofthemonthfrom89:30am

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

SeventhDayAdventistCommunityServices

840SonomaAvenue,SantaRosa

(707)5780954

TypeofAid:

Emergencygroceries

Hours:

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MondaysandWednesdaysfrom1011:30am

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

SantaRosaCommunityHealthCenters:VistaFamilyHealthCenter

3569RoundBarnCircle,SantaRosa

(707)3033600

TypeofAid:

Freshproduce

Hours:

everyMondayfrom121pm

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

Sebastopol

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CatholicCharitiesoftheDioceseRuralFoodProject

7983CovertLaneSebastopol

(707)5288712

TypeofAid:

Fooddistributiontoneedyfamilies,farmworkersandworkingpoor

Hours:

2ndWednesdayofthemonthfrom910am

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

InterchurchFoodPantry

St.StephensChurch,500RobinsonRoad,Sebastopol

(707)8232483

TypeofAid:

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Foodpantry

Hours:

Mondays,Wednesdays,FridaysandSaturdaysfrom10am12pm

Eligibility:

Sonoma

CatholicCharitiesoftheDioceseRuralFoodProject

18621RailroadAvenue,Sonoma

(707)5288712

TypeofAid:

Fooddistributiontoneedyfamilies,farmworkersandworkingpoor

Hours:

everyFridayfrom910am

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Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

FriendsinSonomaHelping(FISH)

(707)9960111

TypeofAid:

FoodPantryforresidentsofSonomaValley(GlenEllentoSchellville).

Hours/Eligibility:

CallMondaythroughFriday9am3pmformoreinformation

LaLuzCenter

17560GregerStreet,Sonoma

(707)9385131

TypeofAid:

Produceavailable

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Hours:

Fridaysat9am.BrownbagmealsonFridaysfrom4:306pm

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

St.LeosCatholicChurch

601WestAguaCalienteRoad,Sonoma

(707)9968422or(707)5394494

TypeofAid:

Foodbox

Hours:

TuesdaysthroughFridays

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

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Windsor

WindsorServiceAlliance80WindsorServiceAlliance

8987WindsorRoad,Windsor

(707)8386947

TypeofAid:

Foodpantry

Hours:

everyFridayfrom24pm

Eligibility:

Windsorresidents

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CommunityFoodResourceGuideMendocinoCounty

FoodforAllFoodStampProgram

(707)4635437

https://www.facebook.com/pg/foodforallmendocino/about/?ref=page_internal

TypeofAid:

FoodForAllMendocinoisalocalcoalitionthatworksinclosepartnershipwith
communityorganizationstoincreasefoodstampenrollmentandaccesstofood
resourcesinMendocinoCounty.

Eligibility:

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CalFreshisforlowincomepeoplewhomeetfederalincomeeligibilityrulesandwant
toaddtotheirbudgettoputhealthyandnutritiousfoodonthetable.

FORTBRAGG:

FortBraggFoodBank|MendocinoFoodandNutritionProgramInc.

910NFranklinSt,FortBraggCA,95437

(707)9649404|(707)9649409

fortbraggfoodbank@mcn.org

http://www.fortbraggfoodbank.org/home/index

TypeofAid:

Onceaweek,clientsmaypickupabagofstaplefoodsandchoosefromavarietyof
freshproduce,bakeryitems,andlimitedquantitiesofmeat,eggsanddairy.Oncea
montheligibleseniorsandfamilieswithchildrenunderage6mayalsoreceiveaboxof
staplefoodsthroughtheCommoditiesSupplementalFoodProgram(CSFP).

Inaddition,wedistributeUSDAcommoditiesmonthlytofoodpantries,food
distributionsites,soupkitchens,andhomelessserviceagenciesthroughouttheentire
county.Weprovideoveramillionpoundsoffoodeachyeartoclientscountywide.

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Days/Hours:

MONDAY,WEDNESDAY,FRIDAY

Seniors(60+)10:4511:15

General(AllAges)12:003:00

ClientswhoareunabletogettotheFoodBankby3pmmaypickupapremadebagof
foodonWednesdaysfrom4:30to5:30.

Eligibility:

WeservelowincomecoastalMendocinoCountyresidentsfromElktoWestport,
includingthetownsofMendocinoandFortBragg.

GUALALA:

GualalaFoodBankProgram

39141ChurchStreetGualala,CA95445

7077853492/7077853311

lmkennedy294@gmail.com

https://ednca.episcopalassetmap.org/ch/gualalafoodbankprogram

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TypeofAid:

GualalaFoodBanktwicemonthlyfooddistributions

Days/Hours/Eligibility:

Pleasecallforquestionsoneligibility.

UKIAH:

Plowshares

1346SStateSt,Ukiah,CA95482

(707)4628582
plowshares@pacific.net

http://plowsharesfeeds.fatcow.com

TypeofAid:

Plowsharesisanonprofitorganizationthathasbeenprovidingfreehotmealsand
otherservicestothehungryandhomelesssince1983inUkiah,California.

Days/Hours:

FreehotlunchservedMondayFriday.

11:30noonEarlyseatingforfamilieswithchildrenandseniors65+.Opentoall.

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FreehotdinnerservedMondayFriday.

5:30pm6:00pmEarlyseatingforfamilieswithchildrenandseniors65+.Opentoall.

MealsonWheelsprovideshotnutritiousmealstohomeboundseniorsintheUkiah
area.

Eligibility:

PlowsharesCommunityDiningRoomservesafreehotmealeveryweekdayforlunch
anddinner,opentoall,withnoquestionsasked.

UkiahCommunityCenter/FoodBank

888NorthStateSt.Ukiah,CA95482

(707)4632409

http://fordstreet.org/communityfoodbank/

TypeofAid:

Providesweeklyandemergencyfooddistributions,distributesmonthlycommodities
throughtheUSDA,andHolidayFoodBaskets.

Days/Hours:

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Sunday&Mondayclosed

TuesdayEmergencyFood,3:00PMto4:00PM

WednesdayGeneralDistribution,11:00AMto6:00PM

(OnWednesdaysourpatronsmayarriveonthepropertytocollectalinenumber
beginningat10:30AM.Thesenumberswillbegivenoutonafirstcomefirstserve
basis.)

ThursdayEmergencyFood,3:00PMto4:00PM

FridaySenior(60+)andPhysicallyDisabledDistribution9:00AMto12:00PM

EmergencyFood,3:00PMto4:00PM

SaturdayEmergencyFood,2:00PMto4:00PM

Eligibility:

Inordertoqualifyforservicesyoumustliveinserviceareawhichincludedthearea
from101HoplandtoPotterValley/RedwoodValley.Inordertoqualifyforthemonthly
commadsyoumustmeettheHUDlowincomeguidelines.

WILLITS:

WillitsFoodBank

229ESanFranciscoAveWillits,California

(707)4593333

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willitscs@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/pg/WillitsCommunityServicesandFoodBank
239292346098910/about/?ref=page_internal

TypeofAid:

Food,emergencyshelter,andothercommunityresources(temporaryassistance
services:utilityassitance,transportationassistance,blankets,sleepingbags,personal
items,babyitems,winterjackets,legalservicesfaxing,referrals,andothermiscellanious
services.)

Days/Hours:

GeneralOfficeandCommunityServiceHours

Tuesday,Wednesday,Friday125PM

Fooddistributionhours:WednesdayandFriday14:30PM

Eligibility:

Pleasecallifyouhavequestionsregardingeligibility.

WillitsDailyBread

EpiscopalChurchonthecornerofMainandCommercial

7074593947

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https://www.facebook.com/Willits.Daily.Bread/

TypeofAid:

WillitsDailyBreadservesfour(4)eveningmealseachweektohungrypeople.

Days/Hours:

MondayThursday

Eligibility:

Eveningmealseachweektohungrypeople....openyearroundandserveprimarily
peoplewhoarestruggling.

SherwoodValleyFoodProgram

1220BlosserLaneWillits,CA95490

(707)4561710

http://www.sherwoodvalleybandofpomo.com/usdafooddistributionprogram.html

TypeofAid:

ThisprogramprovidesfoodsforgoodhealthtohouseholdslivingonornearIndian
reservationsinapprovedFDPIRserviceareas.Youmayqualifytoreceivethesefoodsif

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youhavelittleornoearningsorliveonafixedincomesuchassocialsecurity,cashaid
fromsocialservices,orTANF.

Days/Hours:

MonthlyTailgateDelivery

Eligibility:

Pleasedropbyorcalltocheckinaboutmeetingeligibilityrequirements

FarmersMarkets

BoonvilleFarmersMarket

BoonvilleHotel14040Hwy128Boonville,CA95415

2532733342

abontecou@gmail.com

http://www.mcfarm.org/boonville.html

Description:

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TheBoonvilleFarmersMarketreflectsthediversityoftheAndersonValley,whichis
considerablymorethantheapplesandwinegrapesforwhichitisknown.Ourfarmers
growawidevarietyofvegetables,fruitsandflowers,whicharecomplementedbyour
localoliveoil,jams,juices,bakeddelightsanduniquecrafts,Ourofferingsare
supplementedbyourneighborsfromtheCoastwhobringustheircoastalproduce,
freshfish,goatcheese,goatmeatandpork.

EachSaturdaymorninghasitsowntheme.Localsandtouristsalikearedrawntothe
musicandsmalltownatmosphereofourfriendlyfarmersmarket.

WegladlyacceptWICcouponsandEBT/FoodStamps.

MarketMatchparticipant

Days/Hours:

Saturdays9:30am12:00pm,MayOctober

FortBraggCertifiedFarmersMarket

400NFranklinSt.FortBragg,CA95437

7079620297

forestlove@lanset.com

http://www.mcfarm.org/fortbragg.html

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Description:

TheFortBraggFarmersMarketislocatedinDowntownFortBragg,onthe400block
ofFranklinStreetbetweenLaurel&PinebehindCityHall,indoorsattheOld
RecreationCenterGym.Ourmarketfeaturesalloftheseasonalfruits,berries,
vegetables,melons,greensandsquashyouhavecometoexpect.Wealsoofferorganic
andfreerangebeefandpork,freerangeeggs,andwildcaughtlocalfishandseafood.
Youwillfindartisangoatcheese,cheesecake,freshlybakedbreads,piesandgoodies.
Thereareorganicnuts,freshcutflowers,andornamentalplantsandnurserystarts.

Ifthatwerentenough,lookforhotfood,livemusicwithaseatingarea,knife
sharpeningandmastergardenbooths.MeetyourfriendsandneighborsattheFort
BraggFarmersMarketeveryWednesday.Wearetherewithourgoodsrainorshine.
Andpleaseremember,nosmokingorpetsatthemarket,basedonHealthDepartment
regulationsandinconsiderationofall.

Marketisopenrainorshine!TheBoonvilleFarmersMarketreflectsthediversityof
theAndersonValley,whichisconsiderablymorethantheapplesandwinegrapesfor
whichitisknown.Ourfarmersgrowawidevarietyofvegetables,fruitsandflowers,
whicharecomplementedbyourlocaloliveoil,jams,juices,bakeddelightsandunique
crafts,OurofferingsaresupplementedbyourneighborsfromtheCoastwhobringus
theircoastalproduce,freshfish,goatcheese,goatmeatandpork.

EachSaturdaymorninghasitsowntheme.Localsandtouristsalikearedrawntothe
musicandsmalltownatmosphereofourfriendlyfarmersmarket.

WegladlyacceptWICcouponsandEBT/FoodStamps.

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MarketMatchparticipant

Days/Hours:

Wednesdays3:006:00pm

LaytonvilleFarmersMarket

HardwoodHall44400WillisAve.Laytonville,CA95454

7079847037

glorianhy@willitsonline.com

http://www.mcfarm.org/laytonville.html

Description:

TheLaytonvilleFarmersMarketbringsyouthebestinlocalfreshfruitsand
vegetables,artisangoatcheeses,ranchmeats,eggs,gardenbouquets,handcrafted
clothingandmuchmore.Visitwithfriends,enjoylocalmusiciansandtakehome
yummyandnutritiousfoodwhilesupportinglocalfarms.

JoinourCommunitySupportedAgriculture(CSA)ProgramandreceiveGreenBucks
tospendatthemarketeachweek.Orgiftamembershiptoafriendorfamilyinneed.

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Marketisopenrainorshine!WegladlyacceptWICcouponsandEBT/FoodStamps.

Days/Hours:

Mondays2:30pm5:00pm

MendocinoCertifiedFarmersMarket

Howard&MainSt.Mendocino,CA95460

7079649232/3571241

sakina@mcn.org

http://www.mcfarm.org/mendocino.html

Description:

OverlookingthebeautifulMendocinoBay,theMendocinoFarmersMarketisa
favoritestopforlocals,visitorsandvendors.Ourcolorfulsmalltownmarketoffersa
wonderfulselectionofthebestthatMendocinoCountyhastooffer.

Youwillfindfreshseasonalveggiesandfruit,cutflowers,eggs,oliveoil,honey,
handmadesoap,herbalsalves&hydrosols,wine,fish,grassfedbeef,organicporkand
lamb,goatcheese,agedvinegars,jamsandmustards,nurserystarts,raresalvias,
Japanesemaples,freshbakedgoodsandmuchmore.Listentoliveacousticmusicand
thesoundofthewaveswhileyoushop.

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Thislovelyseasidemarketisagreatwaytokickoffagetawayweekendinthehistoric
MendocinoVillage,stockupforapicnic,ordoyourweeklyshopping.

Bringthewholefamily,butpleasenotethatdogsarenotallowedinsidethemarketdue
toHealthDepartmentregulationsandoutofcourtesyforvendorsandotherguests.

Marketisopenrain(orfog)orshine!WegladlyacceptWICcouponsandEBT/Food
Stamps.

Days/Hours:

MayOctober,Fridays122pm

RedwoodValleyCertifiedFarmersMarket

LionsPark8920ERd.RedwoodValley,CA95470

7073917416

alfskitchen@gmail.com

http://www.mcfarm.org/redwoodvalley.html

Description:

TheRedwoodValleyFarmersMarketisheldinLionsClubParkintheheartof
RedwoodValleyinarelaxingandrefreshingoutdoorvenueunderpinetreeswitha

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newlyrenovatedchildrensplayground.Thisvibrantmarketplacefeatureslocally
grownproduce,flowers,gifts,andhandmadeartsandcraftsitems.

Forthe2017Seasonwewillhavethesamehours,9:00am12:00pmeverySunday!

WegladlyacceptWICcouponsandEBT/FoodStamps.WedoubleEBTdollars,for
example,isyouspend$15onyourEBTyougetthatplusanextra$15intokensto
spendonfreshfruitsandvegetablesyourdoubleyourmoney!

Weareexcitedtowelcomeperformancesbylocalmusicians,chefdemosusing
ingredientsfromourmarket,andtheFabulousPOP(PowerofProduce)Clubforkids
withfreemarketmoneyforkids512,thePOPClubalsooffersyummysnacksandfun
activitiesforkidsofanyage!

Days/Hours:

JuneOctober,Sundays9:00am12:00pm

UkiahFarmersMarket

AlexThomasPlazaSchoolSt.&ClaySt.Ukiah,CA95482

7074627377

cratty@comcast.net

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http://www.mcfarm.org/ukiah.html

Description:

UkiahslocalfarmerscreatedthefirstCertifiedFarmersMarketinMendocinoCounty
in1977.AlthoughthisSaturdaymorningmarketisthelargestinthecounty,ithasa
smallandpersonalfeelingincomparisontomanymarketsinlargercities.Itsmore
thanashoppingexperience,forthecommunitymemberswhocomeregularlytotaste
thegenuinedifferencewithfreshproducedirectlyfromfriendlylocalfarmerswho
growtheirfoods.

TheinlandclimateoftheUkiahareavalleysprovidesfarmerswithidealconditionsfor
springproducefromMaythroughJune.Hotweatherfruitsandvegetablesgrow
prolificallyfromJulythroughOctober.Thismarketalsodrawsvendorsfromthenearby
coastalclimatetoprovidecoolweathercropsthroughouttheseason,aswellasseafood.

Thismarketfeaturesmanycolorfulandeducationaleventsforthewholefamilyseveral
timesamonth.Manyresidentscometoenjoythefriendlyatmospherewheretalented
musiciansentertainweeklyandcustomerscanrelaxwithbeveragesandfreshbaked
pastrieseverySaturdaymorningthroughouttheyear.

Marketisopenrainorshine!WegladlyacceptWICcouponsandEBT/FoodStamps.

Days/Hours:

OpeneverySaturday,YearRound9:00Noon

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WillitsCertifiedFarmersMarket(Winter)

LittleLakeGrange291SchoolSt.Willits,CA95490

7074852314

salexander6248@gmail.com

http://www.mcfarm.org/willits.html

Description:

Cometothefestivalinthepark!EveryThursday,theWillitsFarmersMarketisa
communitygatheringfeaturingtonsofproduce,awideselectionofmeat,cheese,eggs,
honeyandlocallyproducedcraftsofallsorts.Naturalbodyproducts,jewelry,clothing
andbags,andaresomeoftheitemsonthelist.

FoodforapicnicortakehomedinnerincludesKashayasBrickOvenPizza,Lunas
enticingrawfoods,bakedgoodsfromtheGardenBakery,SweetiePieshandmadepies,
andtoffeebyToffeeNana.

AtthecenterofitallislivemusicfromtheWilllitsFarmersMarketBand,theDogwood
CreekStringBand,andavarietyofvisitingmusicians.Jointhefestivitiesandbe
preparedtostaytomeetandgreetyourneighborsandgetatasteforWillits.

Marketisopenrainorshine!WegladlyacceptWICcouponsandEBT/FoodStamps.

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Days/Hours:

NovemberApril,Thursdays3:00pm6:00pm

SocialServices

Employment&FamilyAssistanceServices

FortBraggOffice:764S.FranklinStreetFortBragg,CA95482

(707)9621000

https://www.mendocinocounty.org/government/healthandhumanservices
agency/socialservices/employmentfamilyassistanceservices

Description:

CalWORKS,TANF,CalFresh,EBTCards,MediCal,CMSP,AndCalWORKsJob
Services

Days/Hours:

MondayThursday8am5pm

Eligibility:

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CalFreshEligibility:
https://www.c4yourself.com/c4yourself/services/startApplication?_flowId=c4yourself
flow&_flowExecutionKey=e1s1

Applyingforbenefits:

https://www.c4yourself.com/c4yourself/index.jsp

Employment&FamilyAssistanceServices

737SouthStateStreetP.O.Box8508Ukiah,CA95482

(707)4637700

https://www.mendocinocounty.org/government/healthandhumanservices
agency/socialservices/employmentfamilyassistanceservices

Description:

CalWORKS,TANF,CalFresh,EBTCards,MediCal,CMSP,AndCalWORKsJob
Services

Days/Hours:

MondayThursday8am5pm

Eligibility:

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CalFreshEligibility:
https://www.c4yourself.com/c4yourself/services/startApplication?_flowId=c4yourself
flow&_flowExecutionKey=e1s1

Applyingforbenefits:

https://www.c4yourself.com/c4yourself/index.jsp

Employment&FamilyAssistanceServices

WillitsOffice:472E.ValleyStreetWillitsCA95490

(707)4563700

https://www.mendocinocounty.org/government/healthandhumanservices
agency/socialservices/employmentfamilyassistanceservices

OnlineResource

211

http://www.211mendocino.org

Description:

Listofcommunityresourcesincluding:food,housing/household,workandfinances,
specificcommunities,mentalwellness,families/seniors,communityservice,and
healthcare.

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CommunityFoodResourceGuide:LakeCounty

USDACommodities

VariousLocations

TheClearLakeGleaners

(707)2638082

TypeofAid:

Foodcommodities

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Hours:

MondayWednesday

8amtoNoon

Eligibility:

Mustbeprequalified

SeniorBasketProgram

VariousLocations

(707)5337903

TypeofAid/Hours:

Callformoreinformation

Eligibility:

Mustbeprequalified

AffordableLunchesatSeniorCenters(Neednotbeasenior)

VariousLocations(SeeBelow)

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HighlandsSeniorCenter3245BowersRd,Clearlake(707)9943051

LiveOakSeniorCenter1502FoothillBlvd,ClearlakeOaks(707)9981950

KelseyvilleSeniorCenter52453rdSt,Kelseyville(707)2792145

LakeportSeniorCenter527KonoctiAve,Lakeport(707)2634218

NorthShoreCommunityCenter3985CountryClubDr,Lucerne(707)2748781

MiddletownSeniorCenter21256WashingtonSt,Middletown(707)9873113

FreshFridayProduce

VariousLocationsandHours(SeeBelow)

1stFri9:30AMto11AM,MooseLodge15900EHighway20,ClearlakeOaks

1stFri1PMto2:30PM,GrangeHall9355GovernmentSt,UpperLake

2ndFri9:30AMto11AM,NorthshoreCommCtr3985CountryClubDrive,Lucerne

2ndFri1PMto2:30PM,LakeCoFairgrounds401MartinSt,Lakeport

3rdFri9:30AMto11AM,PresbyterianChurch53403rdSt,Kelseyville

3rdFri1PMto2:30PM,YouthCenter4750GolfAve,Clearlake

4thFri9:30AMto11AM,LowerLakeCommunityCenterFredricksonDr,LowerLake

4thFri1PMto2:30PM,LionsClub15399CentralParkAveMiddletown

Clearlake

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HelpingHand

14585OlympicDr,Clearlake

(707)4138973Patricia

TypeOfAid:

Freebagsoffood

Hours:

4thMondayofthemonth,untilfoodisgone

Eligibility:

Pleasecallforeligibilityrequirements

Clearlake

FirstBaptistChurch

14500PearlAve,Clearlake

(707)9945148

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TypeofAid:

Foodpantry

Hours:

Mondays,Wednesdays,Thursdays,andFridays

9am11am

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

FirstBaptistHispanicChurch

14500PearlAve,Clearlake

(707)9945148

TypeofAid:

Foodpantry

Hours:

4thWednesdayofthemonth

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11amuntilfoodisgone

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

ClearLakeGleanersCrossroadsChurch

6093CrawfordAve,Clearlake

(707)2638082

TypeofAid:

Foodavailable

Hours:

3rdTuesdayofthemonth

8am10am

Eligibility:

MustbringID

Clearlake

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NorthCoastOpportunities

14832LakeshoreBlvd,Clearlake

(707)9944647ext123

TypeofAid:

Freefood

Hours:

Twiceamonthonscheduleddates

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

CalvaryChapel

14330MemoryLn,Clearlake

(707)9945683

TypeofAid:

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Foodboxesavailableandfreedinner

Hours:

TuesdaysandThursdays,11:30amforfoodboxes

TuesdaysandThursdays,4pmto6pmforfreedinner

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

ClearlakeOaks

ClearlakeOaksMethodist

12487ThePlaza,ClearlakeOaks

(707)9989435

TypeofAid:

Freesoupkitchen

Hours:

Wednesdays

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4pm6pm

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

Kelseyville

RuralFoodProjectStPeterMission

4085MainSt,Kelseyville

(707)2634401

TypeofAid:

Freefooddistribution

Hours:

4thMondayofthemonth

4pm

Eligibility:

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Callformoreinformation

KelseyvilleFoodPantry

54303rdSt.Kelseyville

(707)2791104

TypeofAid:

Foodpantry

Hours:

2ndand4thTuesdayofthemonth

3:30pm5:30pm

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

Lakeport

UnitedChristianParish

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745NBrushSt,Lakeport

(707)2634788

TypeofAid:

Foodbyappointmentandfreekitchenproject

Hours:

Tuesdays,Wednesdays,andThursdays

10am11am

1stand3rdSundayofthemonth,FreeKitchenProject

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

SeventhDayAdventist

3500HillRoadEast,Lakeport

(707)2636002

TypeofAid:

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Freekitchenproject

Hours:

2ndSundayofthemonth

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

HelpingHand

785BevinsSt,Lakeport

(707)4138973

TypeofAid:

Freebagsoffood

Hours:

3rdTuesdayofthemonth

8:30amuntilfoodisgone

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Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

Lakeport

TheCookhouseFreshWindsChurch

875NHighSt,Lakeport

(707)2636167

TypeofAid:

Freedinner(payasyoucan)

Hours:

Thursdays

5pmto6:30pm

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

StJohnsEpiscopal

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1190NForbes,Lakeport

(707)2634785

TypeofAid:

ChildrensFoodPantry

Hours:

Thursdays

10am4pm

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

United

875NHighSt,Lakeport

(707)2636167

TypeofAid:

Freedinner(payasyoucan)

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Hours:

Thursdays

5pmto6:30pm

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

LowerLake

LowerLakeMethodistChurch

162552ndSt,LowerLake

(707)9942507

TypeofAid:

Food

Hours:

TuesdaysandThursdays

10amNoon

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Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

Lucerne

FirstLutheranChurch

3863CountryClubDr,LowerLake

(707)2745572

TypeofAid:

Freepantry

Hours:

3rdSundayofthemonth

1pm2pm

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

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Lucerne

ClearlakeGleaners

LucerneAlpineSeniorCenterORClearlakeGleanersOffice

3985CountryClubDr,Lucerne1895BigValleyRd,Finley

(707)9945148(707)9945148

TypeofAid:

Foodavailable

Hours:

3rdThursdayofthemonth

Eligibility:

MustbringID

NorthShoreCommunityCenter

3985CountryClubDr,Lucerne

(707)2748799

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TypeofAid:

Foodbyappointment

Hours:

Fridays

10amNoon

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

Middletown

MiddletownMethodistChurch

15155ArmstrongSt,Middletown

(707)9873379

TypeofAid:

Foodpantryandfreecommunitymeal

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Hours:

MondaysandTuesdays

4:30pm6:30pm

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

RuralFoodProjectMiddletownMethodistChurch

15155ArmstrongSt,Middletown

(707)9873379

TypeofAid:

Freefooddistribution

Hours:

3rdWednesdayofthemonth

4pm6pm

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Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

SpringValley

SpringValleyCowboyChurch

556NewLongValleyRd,SpringValley

(707)3501109

TypeofAid:

Foodpantry

Hours:

2ndand3rdFridayofthemonth

3:30pm5pm

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

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UpperLake

OddfellowsHall

9480MainSt,UpperLake

(707)4852068

TypeofAid:

Freefood

Hours:

3rdTuesdayofthemonth

10am

Eligibility:

Callformoreinformation

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TraditionalFoodResources

Summary:

12communitymembersacknowledgedknowingatriballyrun/ownedfoodproducer,
foodbusinessownerortraditionalfoodvendororchef.11/12communitymembers
identifiedthenamesofdifferenttraditionalfoodresources.

Contactinformationfortheidentifiedtraditionalfoodresourcescontactshasnotbeen
provided.CIMCCwillcontinuetoupdatethislistwiththecontactinformationofthe
contactsasweconnectwiththesecommunitymembers.

Listprovidedbycommunity:

AliciaAdams

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IndigenousTasteCateringComp
https://www.linkedin.com/in/aliciaadams3b97b750

Communitymembersfatherwasachef,familyisworkingonahealthyfoods
book

LeechLakeWildRice
https://www.llwildrice.com/#llwildrice

Localtribalgardens

MeyoMarrufo:
Elderberryjams
Contact:meyo.marrufo@gmail.com

NephiCraig
Chef
https://www.facebook.com/nephi.craig?lst=100009232725565%3A1000005
86565819%3A1507081364
RileyOrtiz:

Candymaker
nativesweets7@hotmail.com

TracyTreppa,E.C.HPUL

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TribalmemberonBigValleyRancheria

WahpepahsKitchen
Nativechef
http://www.wahpepahskitchen.com

Wiyottribeorganicvegetablegarden
Contact:meyo.marrufo@gmail.com

AdditionalTraditionalFoodResources

CaliforniaIndianMuseumandCulturalCenterGiftShop
SellsNativeAmericanproducedfoods
GualalaSeaweedProducts,(707)884,3726,donnabish@wildblue.net
SuesAcornFlour,SueChin,(925)3727177,acornsue88@gmail.com,400Ferry
St.,Martinez,CA94553.www.buyacornflour.com
MakamhamContemporaryOhloneCuisine,https://vincentmedina
n3kh.squarespace.com/

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