Creating Healthy Communities, One Smoothie at a Time

CalFresh (formerly known as food stamps) is a federal nutrition assistance program that helps low-income individuals and families buy the food they need for good health. It is guaranteed to anyone who meets the eligibility requirements.

In 2012, Humboldt County’s Department of Health and Human Services opened up grant applications to access funds provided by the CalFresh program. St. Joseph Health was one of approximately 40 recipients to receive this funding in Humboldt County.

Our funds will be managed by our Community Benefits Department, in a variety of outreach efforts. These funds will help support nutrition education through Paso a Paso, four local community gardens, community dinners, and the purchase of a bicycle blender.

The bicycle blender is a fun way to educate community members on how to create a low-cost, nutritious smoothie, while getting a little exercise. The bicycle blender will make appearances at Paso a Paso classes, community dinners, bike rodeos, our annual health fair, and other local events. So keep your eye out for the red-hot fender blender pro at a community event near you!