News from the Farm | November 17, 2014

Good Food Community Fund

With the help of our members, our CSA program has been donating CSA boxes to two wonderful organizations, the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic and Montalvin Manor Elementary School for many years.  The way it works is that you can include a box donation when you pay for your boxes, or you can donate your boxes when you go out of town (with 5 days notice).  You can also designate funds to go directly to the Good Food Community Fund if you wish.  For the first time in many years, our fund is significantly in arrears, so we hope that some of you might consider contributing.

The Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic in Oakland is a licensed primary care facility that serves low-income women with cancer. The Clinic provides free therapies such as acupuncture, homeopathy, massage and Chinese and western herbs. An in-home comfort care program is available for clients with end-stage cancer who are too weak to come to the Clinic. The post-treatment program treats and supports women who have completed their allopathic treatments. For more information about the Clinic, visit their web site at

Montalvin Manor Elementary School is in San Pablo, in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. At Montalvin, 100% of the students receive a free lunch due to low family income levels. In 2012, the school initiated a wellness policy and has a program that educates the kids about nutrition and eating healthy power foods. The school also helps kids be active at recess and throughout their day. But there are a few obstacles for the families to truly make healthy food choices. One obstacle is transportation. A lot of the families do not have transportation and there are no food stores nearby with healthy food options. Another obstacle is income and the cost of feeding families well.

Every week, Full Belly harvests five boxes for the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic and donations permitting, during the school year, also for Montalvin Manor Elementary School. The generous contributions and volunteer effort of our CSA members make this program possible. 

Please consider supporting this program. You can do this by contacting Your donations go directly to provide food for low-income women suffering from cancer, or to low-income families who might otherwise not have healthy food options. Your donation will make a difference in their lives.