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News: 04/01/2020

Group focuses on food security



Leaders in Sonoma Valley have joined together to launch a broad-based coalition to ensure all Sonoma Valley residents are food secure during the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place order.

The goal of the new Sonoma Valley Food Security Task Force is to bring together Valley leaders to work collaboratively to mitigate the challenges faced by our community over the coming weeks and months from the economic and social impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Task Force will leverage the organizational capacity and expertise of non-profit organizations that serve Valley residents. It is being coordinated by Logan Harvey, City of Sonoma mayor, Kimberly Blattner, Alcaldessa 2020 and Board President of La Luz Center, Veronica Napoles with the Springs Community Alliance, and Jennifer Gray Thompson, Executive Director of the Rebuild North Bay Foundation. The task force includes leaders from multiple local organizations, including (but not limited to) Redwood Empire Food Bank, Vintage House, Meals on Wheels, Friends In Sonoma Helping (F.I.S.H.), La Luz Center, Rebuild North Bay Foundation, Sonoma Ecology Center, Sustainable Sonoma, Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce, and more. This effort will support the residents of Sonoma Valley, from Schellville to Kenwood.

The focus of the Task Force will be to significantly increase funding resources for local non-profits that provide food programs and other basic needs services, and to shore up the volunteer networks that will be needed to ensure that food is promptly and properly distributed throughout the valley.

By going to www.sonomacity.org/food-security, community members can learn more about how to financially support the work of key service providers such as Redwood Empire Food Bank, F.I.S.H., La Luz Center, and SOS/The Haven.

The majority of Sonoma Valley’s existing volunteer base is made up of dedicated residents aged 65 years and older, who have higher risk from COVID-19. With many regular volunteers unable to fulfill their normal roles, local organizations have struggled to find replacements. As the need for services surges as a result of the Coronavirus crisis, the need for new volunteer support is immediate and acutely felt in Sonoma Valley.

Led by the Sonoma Ecology Center and Sustainable Sonoma, the Task Force has launched a volunteer web page at www.sonomavalleyvolunteers.org to help match non-profits and volunteers for this specific emergency.


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