The Champions for Change (C4C) movement creates innovative partnerships that empower lower-income Californians to increase their fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity, and food security, with the goal of preventing obesity and other diet-related diseases.
Even though Fresno County is known as the Bread Basket of the World, a majority of the targeted communities are either in or near United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated food deserts-areas where a substantial number of residents have low access to a supermarket or large grocery store. Limited access to grocery stores results in fewer choices to quality food and restricts purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables. While some of the targeted communities lack farmer's markets and larger grocery stores, there was no shortage in fast food outlets. According to the SNAP-Ed Fresno County Profiles 2017, 63% of SNAP-Ed adults and 78% of SNAP Children/Teens consumed fast food at least once per week.
Who We Serve
The Fresno County Champions for Change program provides nutrition education services to Fresno County residents that are CalFresh eligible. Although Champions for Change provides services throughout the County of Fresno, we are specifically targeting the six communities of Parlier, Reedley, Sanger, Kerman, West Fresno, and Lowell.
In February 2018, the County of Fresno, on behalf of the Department of Public Health (Department), Champions for Change (C4C) program requested applications from qualified agencies for one-time mini-grants for community policy, systems and/or environmental (PSE) change projects. The Department would like to thank all organizations who applied for a Fresno County Champions for Change mini-grant. Please find the tentative notice of award announcing successful applicants below.
Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity, & Obesity Prevention, CX3 —Neighborhood Analysis
Part of the SNAP-Ed Strategies & Interventions Toolkit. CX3 is a powerful tool that captures and communicates neighborhood-level data to promote healthier communities.