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In partnership with Mayor Darrell Steinberg, I’m launching a Food Justice Task Force to ensure that our most vulnerable communities recover in an equitable manner from the COVID Pandemic and that our city has sufficient, healthy, and accessible food for all. I’d like to invite you to join this effort.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made one thing clear: that our food system in Sacramento is not working for all. Though we may be America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, here in our very own backyard many of our families and residents are food insecure. Based on lessons learned during the last year and a half, we have an opportunity to change the trajectory of our food system in a very meaningful way.

Together, we can build a more robust and resilient food economy in the City and for the Greater Sacramento region. From our Black, Latinx, Southeast Asian, and Indigenous farmers to our local restaurants and food justice advocates on the ground, I know we have the collective ability to ensure no one in Sacramento goes hungry and build a resilient food system that reflects the rich diversity of our community.

Questions? Contact Asia Lee at or Andrew Kehoe at



Congratulations to the following ARPA Food Justice grant program applicants. After conducting a rigorous process, the review panel recommended the following applicants for funding. The review panel consisted of three community members, two of which are Dr. Carrie Waterman, California Moringa, and Lorena Carranza, Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services; and two City staff – Jennifer Venema, Climate Action Lead, and Lynette Hall, Community Engagement Manager. The City anticipates executing grant agreements in November/December 2022 with a start date for activities in January 2023. Proposed activities across organizations vary, and are generally focused on increasing access to fresh food by distributing meals and grocery items direct to families, youth, immigrants/refugees, seniors and other vulnerable populations and/or expanding food pantry sites or farmers market accessibility.

Food Justice Grant Program Storymap

Check out the Food Justice Grant Program Storymap to learn more about where services are deployed, who benefits, and the latest news on our grantees.

Tier I Grants – up to $5,000

Organization Name

Amount Funded 

 1. Capitol City Seventh Day Adventist Church


 2. Find Out Farms


 3. First United Methodist Church


 4. Stanford Settlement, Inc.


 5. Wellspring Women's Center


Tier II Grants – up to $200,000

Organization Name 

Amount Funded 

 1. Alchemist CDC


 2. Genesis Missionary Baptist Church, Inc.


 3. Health Education Council


 4. Hmong Youth and Parents United


 5. Meals on Wheels by ACC


 6. Mutual Housing California


 7. NorCal Resist Fund


 8. ReIMAGINE Mack Road Foundation


 9. Saint John's Program for Real Change


 10. South Sacramento Christian Center


 11. The Salvation Army


 12. Valley Hi Covenant Church



The application period for the ARPA Food Justice grant program is now closed. The City anticipates informing applicants of award status in mid to late October.


On July 15, 2022, the City released a Notice of Funding Availability for its American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Food Justice grant program. Administered by the City of Sacramento’s Office of Innovation and Economic Development, the ARPA Food Justice grant program will award $1 million in one-time grant funding to food assistance organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible activities include:

  1. Services and programs

  2. Fixed assets and equipment

  3. Operational support

  4. Capacity building and technical assistance

For more information, please view the presentation slides, read published questions and answers and watch the recordings from our information sessions:

Sign up to join the Food Justice Task Force:

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