California’s Central Valley was transformed long ago into the nation’s most economically productive and intensive industrial agricultural region. Today, it produces more than half of the fruits, nuts, and vegetables consumed in America. While the Central Valley’s agricultural industry is critical to meeting US food need, it comes at a significant price to local residents. The political decisions made, and infrastructure supported, influence the environmental, social, and economic impacts faced by local residents, food workers, and businesses.
Community-based organizations play a critical role in creating vibrant and engaged communities. NCCLF partners with nonprofits to support them in strengthening their financial management systems to ensure their long-term sustainability.
The long awaited Vallarta Supermarket opened its doors in Fresno on November 9, 2016. Located in a predominantly Latino community where the closest supermarket is nearly two miles away, the area is considered one of California’s food deserts. This store fills a glaring need for access to fresh, culturally appropriate food featuring a tortilleria, panaderia, carniceria and a broad assortment of fresh affordable produce.
Despite being in the country’s most productive agricultural region, communities in the San Joaquin Valley experience very high rates of poverty and unemployment and too often lack access to healthy foods. Though small-scale food entrepreneurship is rare in the area, those who are trying to start or expand a business face difficulty in complying with State
Join us in Fresno to hear an update on the California FreshWorks Fund and provide input on how we can better support the financing needs of healthy food enterprises.
Now in its fifth year, the Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF) is pleased to host the return of the Fresno Community Facilities Challenge at Fresno State University (FSU) on April 27, 2016. This unique event brings together student teams from FSU’s Lyles College of Engineering, Craig School of Business, and the Department of Art and Design to tackle real-world nonprofit facility challenges in their own community.
This workshop is ideal for nonprofit organizations that are embarking on a community facility project. Participants will learn the multiple steps in the real estate development process and how to prepare their organization.
Arte Américas, a nonprofit located in Fresno, works to make the San Joaquin Valley a flourishing place for Latino arts and culture. Serving nearly 26,000 people annually, most of whom are low-income