Healthy Foods Organizations, Nutrition Info & Support

Healthy Foods Organizations, Nutrition Info & Support

Committed to nutrition education, these organizations help families obtain fresh, nutritious foods, which are especially important for growing children.



CalFresh Program. Assists qualifying low-income families with purchasing healthy & nutritious foods. Many farmers markets now accept CalFresh SNAP/EBT for the purchase of produce. A number of organizations listed in the county sections below can assist with CalFresh information & applications, as do many family resource centers.

California Farm To School. Farm to School programs connect K-12th grade schools with local farmers to serve healthy meals in school cafeterias, helping promote student nutrition. Provides health & nutrition education & supports California farmers. CA website: National website:

Center for Healthy Communities (CHC); Serving Butte, Glenn & Tehama in addition to other Northern CA counties. CHC is a leading organization focused on childhood hunger, nutrition education, agriculture, food safety, physical activity & public health programs & policies. Offers services for families, individuals & organizations, such as cooking classes, physical activity promotions, dietitian counseling, community collaborations & health policy advocacy. In Chico, also offers “Fresh Pick” healthy meals that can be purchased online & picked up. 25 Main St., Ste. 101, Chico. (530) 898-5323.

Environmental Working Group (EWG). A nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting public health & the environment. Offers food safety & nutrition information that includes a Food Scores page ( Search over 80,000 foods by category or product. Their annual “Dirty Dozen” & “Clean Fifteen” lists rank fruits & veggies by most & least amounts of pesticides found on products. Also find informational apps for mobile devices. &

Localicious; North State Parent’s healthy foods column offers a variety of ideas for healthy eating & information about local healthy food sources. Find Localicious articles here:


Physician’s Plan Weight Management Clinic. Physician-run weight loss clinic that helps patients lose weight and maintain weight with the help of a medical practitioner. Also offering CarbEssentials, high protein, low fat, low carb foods available for purchase online, and aesthetic services like cellulite reduction and laser treatments. Email:  

Redding; 2410 Larkspur Ln. (530) 223-0216.

Chico; 392A Connors Court. (530) 891-0982.

Yreka; 614 4th St. (530) 842-3088.

Shasta Healthy Options. Non-GMO healthy snacks & drinks vending machine service available in upper California. Call to find out how to place one at your school or other location. Find public machines at Redding at Shasta Family YMCA & the Redding airport. (530) 276-8363.

Summer Food Service Program. Designed to fill the gap during summer for children who normally participate in free & reduced-price breakfast & lunch school programs. To find meals & sites in your community, visit or call the National Hunger Hotline. (866) 3-HUNGRY or (877) 8-HAMBRE.

Slow Food Shasta Cascade; Butte, Shasta & Tehama Counties. Offers local food education, supports school gardens & farmers markets. Year-round events. Visit website for details.

The Edible Schoolyard Project. A national network dedicated to connecting

educators around the world to build & share a K-12 edible education curriculum.

The National Heirloom Exposition; Santa Rosa. The world’s largest heritage food event, held annually three days in September. Geared towards kids, features fun & educational activities for all ages (school groups welcome). Exhibits, Kids’ Pavilion, food & tastings, contests, more than 100 nationally & internationally acclaimed foods, farm & garden speakers celebrating the pure food movement. Meet 350+ like-minded vendors. A nonprofit event, youth 17 & under admitted free. Funds raised are donated to local school & educational garden projects. Held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.

United States Department of Agriculture Food & Nutrition Services Programs. Website features programs that help provide healthy foods & nutrition information to children & low-income families & individuals.

Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program; all counties. Helps eligible families with young children obtain healthy supplemental foods from authorized vendors, including farmers markets. Nutrition education, breastfeeding support & referrals to community services. For pregnant women & mothers of infants & children under age 5 who meet income guidelines.

(800) 852-5770.



Chico Eat Learn Grow. Provides hands-on nutrition education through experiential school garden learning. Farm to School & Farm to Table programs that include experiential gardening, cooking instruction, farm tours & more for schools, youth groups & community members. (530) 342-1995.

Chico Seed Lending Library (CSLL). A self-perpetuating collection of seeds donated & shared by members of the general public. Hosted at the Chico branch of the Butte County Library, CSLL is available free of charge to any Butte County Library cardholder. (530) 891-2762.

Cultivating Community North Valley; Chico. A partnership of organizations working to strengthen community by building a local food system utilizing sustainable practices to grow, eat, sell & preserve more local food. Offers education, consultation, networking & targeted resources to support students, small scale & low-income farmers & underserved communities. (530) 519-2646.

Edible Pedal Bike Kitchen; Chico area. This bicycle-driven kitchen offers healthy foods cooking demos for community groups & schools interested or involved in local foods access. (530) 519-2646.

GRUB (Growing Resourcefully Uniting Bellies) Education Program; Chico. Healthy foods education programs include hands-on community garden programs for preschools, youth groups & adults, benefit nights, volunteer days & more. (530) 342-1995.

Slow Food Shasta Cascade; Butte, Shasta, Tehama & neighboring counties. Offers local food education; supports school gardens & farmers markets. Year-round events.



Saltea; Orland. A community collaborative to encourage healthy families. Offers healthy food choices, specialty teas, medicinal herbs & spices. Schedule an herbal consultant, order herbs online, or order sandwiches, quesadillas, bowls, smoothies & more online for in-store pickup. 701 Fourth St.

(530) 988-3181.



Healthy Shasta; Redding. Partnering with the community to help families incorporate more physical activities & healthy eating into their lives. Committed to promoting long-lasting change so healthy choices become easy. Find great online resources at 2660 Breslauer Way. (530) 225-3745.

Shasta Food Group; Redding. Coalition of local food banks, health & nutrition educators, food assistance providers & community members working to ensure all people in Shasta County have nutritious food to eat. Facilitates the community-wide Plant a Row for the Hungry program. 2650 Breslauer Way. (530) 605-1091.



Tehama County Community Action Agency. Offers nutrition info, healthy foods classes, workshops & demos, food giveaways & garden management job training activities. Funds two community gardens. (530) 527-6159.

Slow Food Shasta Cascade; Butte, Shasta & Tehama Counties. Offers local food education, supports school gardens & farmers markets. Year-round events. Visit website for details.

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Updated: Sep 6, 2017 @ 9:40 pm