Fresh Produce to be distributed to families in the Oxnard area
WHO: HealthCorps, Channel Islands High School, FoodShare and Oxnard Union High School District Farm to School program.
MEDIA INSTRUCTIONS: HealthCorps Regional Coordinator Jessica Silon will participate in three meal distribution programs in conjunction with Channel Islands High School High School, the Oxnard Union High School District, FoodShare and the California Walnut Board. Media is welcome to cover the harvest and distribution.
WHAT: HealthCorps, Channel Islands High School Nutrition Services and Oxnard Union High School District Farm to School program will be harvesting produce and distributing those vegetables, recipes and health information to students and families in the Oxnard area.
WHERE: Channel Islands High School 1400 Raiders Way, Oxnard, 93033
WHEN: Wednesday April 15
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. for school garden harvest
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for produce, walnuts and school meals distribution to families.
WHAT: Pop-Up Pantry — HealthCorps, the California Walnut Board and FoodShare will be distributing boxes of pantry staples, including walnuts, 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. For this Wednesday, April 15, the three sites where distributions were taking place have been consolidated into one MEGA location at College Park, Oxnard College.
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: 3:00 – 5:00 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, the Oxnard Union High School District, Channel Islands High School, FoodShare and the California Walnut Board remain committed to providing nutritious food, wellness programming and a safe haven for the Oxnard community’s most vulnerable teens and families.
HealthCorps Coordinator Jessica Silon will be participating in three food harvest and distribution activities: harvesting fresh vegetables at Channel High School’s garden; distribution of those fresh vegetables to local families along with school meals; and distribution of boxes of pantry staples, including walnuts, provided by the California Walnut Board at a FoodShare Food Pantry Pop-Up.
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.
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 by Dr. Mehmet Oz, 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.
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/