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For some kids, the only healthy meal they may consume is a meal offered at school during the academic year. With winter break around the corner, Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC) Food Services is getting ready to provide no-cost meals to youth in the community through its Winter Food Services Program. According to California Food Policy Advocates’ 2016 Fresno County Nutrition and Food Insecurity Profile, 84,166 kids residing in Fresno County fall into a nutrition gap…

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Laura’s* Safe Place Story

Posted on Oct 20, 2017

Laura, a victim of human trafficking was 17 years old when Fresno EOC Central Valley Against Human Trafficking first came in contact with her. She had been reported as a frequent runaway and during many of these episodes was recruited and sold by traffickers for commercial sex. Laura and her advocate discussed her history of “running” and the many safety concerns involved. Together they created a plan so that if Laura decided to “run” she could access help and reduce her…

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DACA, our agency in solidarity

Posted on Sep 08, 2017

In solidarity with the thousands of Dreamers in Fresno County, the following letter was sent to our congressional representatives urging them to adopt a pathway to citizenship for these young people. September 7, 2017 Dear members of Congress representing Fresno County: On behalf of the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission I respectfully add my voice to urging your support for the hundreds of thousands of kids who, through no fault of their own, face the grim prospect of being forced to…

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The U.S Department of Labor recently announced the award of nearly $80 million in YouthBuild grants to support a pre-apprenticeship training program for at-risk youth. The Fresno EOC Local Conservation Corps (LCC)/YouthBuild Fresno received a three year, $1.1 million grant, the highest amount awarded per site.  According to U.S. Department of Labor, the grants range from $650,000 to $1.1 million and will fund 77 YouthBuild programs in 46 states. There are 260 YouthBuild programs operating…

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On June 12, 2017 Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC) Food Services launched their Summer Food Service Program throughout Fresno County. Last year we had 60 summer feeding sites and this year we expanded to 105 sites! According to California Food Policy Advocates 2016 data, 84,000 children in Fresno County live in poverty. For the first time in our history, we are able to provide meals at all of Fresno EOC’s five Women, Infant and Children (WIC) sites with Dietetic…

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Valley Children's Hospital just welcomed their first class of their Pediatric Residency Program. In addition to the regular components of a residency program, they wanted to make sure these future pediatricians were exposed to the unique circumstances many of our families face and how they affect the lives of our children. The vision is to educate and empower the residents to be advocates for kids throughout their career. In order to achieve this vision Valley Children's Hospital reached out to…

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