On Thursday, September 16th, Congressman Salud Carbajal made several stops on a day-long “Hunger Tour” to learn more about food insecurity on the central coast and to learn more about local programs to address hunger in the community. On one of his Santa Maria stops, he learned about the new “Healthy Farmworkers” program from the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County to provide resources, education, and groceries to farmworkers in Santa Barbara County. You can watch KSBY’s coverage of the full day’s tour events below.
This program was created thanks to a partnership between CHC and the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County to provide food distribution events with nutrition education outreach efforts in order to help teach our hardworking farm laborers how to make healthy food choices. Farmworkers and their families can receive information on COVID-19 vaccines and, at select food distribution events, they can even get vaccinated at no cost.
Magdalena Serrano, Behavioral Health Director for CHC, helped out at the event and shared the following, “Our community-based targeted outreach ensures that an individual’s health status is not determined by their respective zip code. We consider this a ‘no wrong’ neighborhood approach to healthcare. We are committed to bringing our clinical services to the doorsteps of the families we serve.”
“Farmworkers are a vital part of our community,” says Noemi Velasquez of CHC’s Behavioral Health Outreach… “As a former farmworker, I understand the social and economic barriers that our farm working communities face. Farmworkers graciously cultivate the food that ultimately feeds the world however at times this food does not make it to their table. Our neighborhood outreach takes a holistic approach to healthcare by not only providing health and nutrition education but also creating accessible healthy food to farm working families and individuals where they live.”
Photo gallery from the Healthy Farmworks program food distribution event: