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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, December 17, 2018 through January 4, 2019, Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC) 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, 131,000 kids residing in Fresno…

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Making Spirits Bright Event Serves Needy Families for the 25th Year! Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  What is Making Spirits Bright? Making Spirits Bright is an annual event coordinated by Fresno EOC Sanctuary and Youth Services and various partners that will provide holiday cheer for low-income families. The location changes annually as each year a new Fresno County elementary school is selected as the hosting site. Deborah Williams Elementary School…

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The Food Express is on its way!

Posted on Sep 26, 2018

Earlier this year, Fresno EOC Food Services took on an enormous task. They sought the community’s assistance to create the Food Express, a bus that will deliver meals to impoverished children in Fresno County. One in three children in Fresno County suffer from food insecurity, or not knowing where their next meal will come from, and thanks to a massively successful crowdsourcing effort, something is being done about it. The Food Express won’t look like a normal school bus…

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Four hours into a late night visit to the Reedley Hospital emergency room, a doctor told Elvira and her family the news. "I already knew I was pregnant but I just didn't tell anybody." The pain that had brought the 14-year-old to the hospital was due to her pregnancy, a condition that she had not shared with her family until that moment. Elvira’s mother didn’t take it well. "She was really upset with me. She told me the worst things." Elvira decided to move in with her…

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[Photo Above: Michael Reyna, left, with other REEL Pride Board Members in front of Tower Theatre in Fresno.]  [Photo Right: Michael Reyna in front of Tower Theatre in Fresno.] This year, 2018, marks a first for the LGBTQ community, it is the first time that we have a representative from an LGBTQ organization serving on the Fresno EOC board. The Fresno EOC Board is comprised of representatives from 3 different sectors. Commissioners can be directly elected from their target area, they can…

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On Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission continued its longstanding tradition of engaging diverse partners by hosting the Be Free 9th Annual Central Valley Conference on Human Trafficking. The event was held at the Veterans Memorial District, located in Clovis. Keynote speaker, Russell G. Wilson, an anti-trafficking expert, consultant and researcher, inspired the audience with a theme of “Restoring Hope” and provided an insightful look at how victims face…

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Women Lead at Fresno EOC

Posted on Mar 07, 2018

(Photo from left: Angie Isaak, Linda Hayes, Debbie Darden, and Deanna Mathies)   After more than 30 years, Fresno EOC once again has a woman serving as Board Chair. Linda Hayes was elected to the role by her peers to serve in this leadership capacity for 2018. Hayes is the second woman to be elected for chair and the first African American woman in the role. This year also brought us another first, all board leadership positions are held by women. Alongside Hayes are 3 other women…

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