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Growing The Table, A project of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation

Growing and Delivering Healthy Food - To, by and from BIPOC and women farmers and partners.

A fiscally sponsored group

In our Los Angeles area Pilot, we will partner with Farm2People.org to create a weekly flow of healthy produce from local BIPOC and women farmers through food relief agencies to reach food insecure families most in need.



Describe the mission of your organization.

Growing the Table supports the best of California agriculture, especially BIPOC producers, in order to nourish families, reduce food waste, and save farms during the COVID-19 crisis. We’re helping to shift demand in the food supply chain towards a regenerative future and ensure greater racial and gender equity in the new economy.

In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • County of Los Angeles

What is the problem that you are seeking to address?

Diverse farmers deserve to be at the heart of feeding the millions of food insecure Californians during the current pandemic and beyond. These farmers understand many of the dynamics embedded in racial, gender, and economic inequality that drive hunger and reduce market access in the first place. Food Insecurity is at an all time high. This initiative helps solve equity challenges on both sides of the food insecurity equation.

Describe the project, program, or initiative that this grant will support to address the problem identified.

Growing the Table envisions a world where underrepresented farms and ranches owned by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), women, and LGBTQ+, as well as regenerative and organic farms thrive, have access to a wide array of customers, and are economically resilient. These farms and ranches will have prolific distribution of their crops hosted at food banks, school districts, community-based organizations, reactivated restaurants, and other trusted institutions that serve their communities. These growers will be compensated fairly for their available crops and will be a bridge to the new food economy during and after the pandemic. Food insecure families and communities will have access regularly to consistent, healthy food options.

In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?

Expand existing project, program, or initiative (expanding and continuing ongoing, successful work)

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?

500
Direct impact

Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.

We will have accomplished another set of major milestones towards the following: 1. Securing harvests and jobs for the farmers who feed us. 2. Empower Communities - Transport the best of the best to underserved communities—real nutrition. Organically grown, local produce. 3.Grow the Network Connect farmers to a diverse, resilient network of local food providers through an open-source, community driven platform. 4. Share the Bounty - Build a model that can be repeated for all areas of Greater LA and beyond.

What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?

In 2020 the impact in LA for Farm2People is beloww: We intend to double the impact with this and increase exponentially by each pilot project: The organization has directly supported small to mid-sized California farms through buying and transporting 100,000 lbs of whole food to food relief agencies. From the hunger relief perspective, Farm2People has provided 300,000+ servings of organic produce to underserved LAresidents Growing the Table to date as of January 2021 IMPACTS OF GROWING THE TABLE TO DATE: (January 26th, 2021) Richmond, San Mateo, Fresno, Oakland, Sonoma, Sacramento, Monterey-Salinas • 12-Pound Boxes Of Fresh Produce Provided To High Need Families & Individuals: 24,105 • Pounds of Fresh Produce Provided To High Need Families and Individual: 290,000 • Freshly Prepared Meals Provided to High Need Families and Individuals: 43,300 • Small Farmers Helped Financially: 158 • Wholesale Payments Made Directly to Farmers so far: $500,000.00

Describe the role of collaborating organizations on this project.

LA partners will coordinate and manage all LA efforts with support from the statewide leadership of Office of Kat Taylor and teams

Which of the live metrics will you impact?​

  • Access to healthy food
  • Food insecurity
  • Resilient communities

Indicate any additional LA2050 goals your project will impact.

  • LA is the best place to LEARN
  • LA is the healthiest place to CONNECT

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