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Valley Vision to address food, workforce issues with BofA grant

Valley Vision, the Sacramento-based nonprofit focused on economic and social initiatives, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to develop an integrated program that tackles food waste, while providing housing and job training to homeless individuals.

In a media release, Valley Vision said the model aims to reduce hunger and food waste, increase food access and provide housing and agricultural job training to homeless individuals.

“These are not stand-alone social challenges,” Bill Mueller, CEO of Valley Vision, said in a statement. “We can only achieve real solutions by confronting them as interwoven parts.”

Valley Vision said a key component will focus on developing a regional technology platform to reduce food waste and increase the amount of food available for underserved communities, while also improving economic outcomes for growers. The model will include job training and workforce housing on a commercial organic farm, targeting a workforce of formerly homeless individuals, veterans and persons with disabilities.

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