The Redwood Empire Food Bank is currently working on a Food for Independence pilot program—a pivotal initiative aimed at supporting individuals with disabilities in our community.
Earlier this month, the Redwood Empire Food Bank set up a food distribution at the Earle Baum Center. It was a wonderful opportunity for the food bank to interact with our participants and learn firsthand how they can best assist them on their journey to independence.
The decision to launch this program is rooted in the understanding of the unique challenges that people with disabilities face, particularly when it comes to employment opportunities. Despite their talents, skills, and determination, individuals with disabilities often encounter barriers in the workforce, leading to financial hardships. This increased vulnerability makes them more susceptible to food insecurity and hunger, and causes a greater reliance on assistance programs to meet their basic needs.
By ensuring consistent access to nutritious groceries, the Redwood Empire Food Bank hopes to alleviate the burden of hunger, allowing individuals to focus on their personal growth and well-being.
The food bank will be returning again toward the end of the month to join us at our picnic event and learn more about how they can best support the needs of our Earle Baum participants.
To learn more about Redwood Empire Food Bank, visit their website https://refb.org/