Fresh Approach, a San Francisco Bay Area non-profit focused on healthy food access, faced the challenges that 2020 brought—the pandemic, soaring food insecurity, and thousands displaced by the historic California wildfires—and they did what few companies would be able to do—they shifted from food access work to emergency food relief.
Addressing Hunger During Crisis
Speaker: Ms. Ellen Olack, Food Access Program Manager, Fresh Approach
Tuesday, April 27th, 2021
12:30pm to 1:30pm Pacific Time
Online via Zoom (details below)
About the Topic
Learn how Fresh Approach was able to invest $2 million into small-scale farmers, deliver 80,000 boxes of farm fresh produce to families affected by COVID-19, and share 10,000 locally sourced meals to those displaced by wildfires.
About the Speaker
Originally from Mississippi, Ellen began her journey in food access as a grassroots organizer in the food desert of the Delta. She moved to California in order to earn her Masters in Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Ellen joined the Fresh Approach team in 2018 as a Program Coordinator and is now the East Bay Food Access Program Manager. She has always had a passion for gardening, cooking, and environmental justice.
- Farmers to Families Food Box Research Findings, Wallace Center Report, January 2021
- Federal funding, lifeline for Bay Area farms, redirected to big corporations, San Francisco Chronicle, October 2020
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