Who We Are:
California Association of Food Banks (CAFB) is a membership organization of 41 food banks from throughout the state with a shared mission to build a well-nourished California and a firm commitment to providing cutting-edge leadership in the anti-hunger community.
Our major programs include Farm to Family, which works with growers and packers to provide fresh produce to food banks; statewide programs for food stamp outreach and enrollment; robust state and federal advocacy efforts; produce education; and member services that offer assistance with special projects as well as technical support.
CAFB is governed by a Board of Directors elected from among its membership. Our 18 Board Members come from food banks throughout the state, representing the broad diversity of our membership.
CAFB began in 1995 with a single staff member devoted to anti-hunger advocacy. (Learn more about our history) CAFB has since grown into a sophisticated organization with over 20 full-time employees. For a full list of CAFB’s various programs and activities, please see What We Do.
CAFB's programs reduce the prevalence and consequences of food insecurity in California.
Over the past year, CAFB has worked with its members and partners to:
- Distribute 140 million pounds of fresh produce to those in need;
- Secure over $7.25 million for our member food banks;
- Reach over 180,000 people through nutrition education programs;
- Provide CalFresh (food stamp) application assistance to 39,000 households; and,
- Successfully advocate for major changes in CalFresh (food stamp) operations that will boost participation for years to come.
Our vision is a well-nourished and hunger-free California, where all people have enough food to lead a healthy life.
The mission of the California Association of Food Banks is to end hunger in California.