Fresh Produce to be distributed to families in the Oxnard area Wednesday April 29

Posted 04/28/2020 | By HealthCorps

WHO: HealthCorps, FoodShare and the City of Oxnard.

MEDIA INSTRUCTIONS: HealthCorps CEO Amy Braun and Regional Coordinator Jessica Silon will participate in a drive through pantry distribution program and provide Coronavirus resources to families in need. Both will be available for interviews and comments.

WHAT: Pop-Up Pantry — HealthCorps, FoodShare, and the City of Oxnard will be distributing boxes of pantry staples, health information and recipes to families in the Oxnard area through a FoodShare Pantry Pop-Up.  On April 8, during the first week of drive-thru distributions in Oxnard, 1200 boxes of emergency food relief were handed out in 1 hour.

Where: College Park at Oxnard College — 3250 South Rose Avenue, in the parking lot next to the baseball fields (to serve more farmworker families & the Oxnard community in need). 

When: 1:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m.

WHY: The rapidly growing COVID-19 pandemic has left many families in the Oxnard area unable to buy and eat fresh food due to the economic hardship.

HealthCorps, FoodShare and the City of Oxnard remain committed to providing nutritious food, wellness programming and a safe haven for the Oxnard community’s most vulnerable teens and families.

To reach students during school closures, HealthCorps has developed a digital program to share their resources with schools, teachers, parents and students so they not only stay healthy, but can continue to learn. HealthCorps recognizes that now, more than ever, it is important for students to receive resources about how to stay both physically and mentally strong as they grapple with anxiety, isolation and illness. These resources can be found here, and will be consistently updated as new content is developed. A sample of those resources in the form of an educational flier for families and students will be included with the food drop off (it is also attached).


About HealthCorps

HealthCorps is a 501 (c)(3) that gives teens tools to improve physical and mental health so they can learn to live more productive and happier lives.

Founded in 2003, HealthCorps’ mission is to strengthen communities with the most innovative approaches to health and wellness to help the next generation be more resilient, both mentally and physically. HealthCorps students exercise more, eat better and practice positive thought.

About Amy Braun

HealthCorps President and CEO Amy Braun brings a passion for education, a background in marketing and a belief in wellness to the organization. Amy began her career as a fifth-grade teacher in New York City, where she taught math and reading, and developed the grade-wide literacy curriculum that led to significant performance gains at her school.

After stints at Teach for America and Harlem Village Academies, Amy joined the global marketing team at Mattel, Inc. While at Mattel, Inc she developed global campaigns and marketing strategies to revolutionize play through speech recognition and interactive gaming in an effort to innovate the 60-year-old household brand, Barbie.

Following her work at Mattel, she served as the head of U.S. marketing and communications for Pai Technology where she led the company’s and communications initiatives for its augmented reality products and smart devices, including Botzees, a robotics kit that teaches PreK-6 grade students coding fundamentals.

Amy is a graduate from the University of Chicago. She holds a Master’s of Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management with a focus in marketing, and a Master’s in Education from Pace University in New York.

Amy and her husband live in Los Angeles where they spend as much time as possible with their rescue dog, Sadie. To stay mentally and physically fit, Amy enjoys travel, pilates and hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains. 

About FoodShare

Since 1978, Food Share has been feeding the hungry in Ventura County.

Today, staff and volunteers distribute more than 13 million pounds of food, or nearly 12 million meals annually through its 190 pantry and program partners. As Ventura County’s regional food bank, Food Share provides food for over 75,000 hungry friends and neighbors monthly. Food Share is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief network of food banks, as well as the California Association of Food Banks.  A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, FoodShare is a member of the Feeding America network, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization FoodShare COVID-19 Response & Pop Up Pantry locations/info:https://foodshare.com/covid19/

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