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In just one year of pizza production, Fresno EOC Food Services was able to deliver 137,211 personal size pizzas to students in Fresno, Fowler and Firebaugh school districts, as well as local water parks. The project began as a partnership with a local business and created eight new positions. “By utilizing our existing resources and expertise in food and transportation services, we were able to use our capacity on a business accelerator project with a small business owner to meet a need…

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Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC) Transit Systems expanded services to Madera County in early July, through a 5-year agreement with the Madera County Board of Supervisors. Fresno EOC Transit Systems has previously only served Fresno County residents. These additional services will now provide transportation at low-cost to seniors, disabled, and low-income residents in unincorporated areas of Eastern Madera County. “Our Transit Systems with over 36 years of experience…

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Fresno EOC employee, Evelyn Gonzalez, was sworn in today as a member of the Immigrant Affairs Committee. Gonzalez is a Case Manager for Central Valley Against Human Trafficking and will be advising Fresno City Council on issues affecting the immigrant community. “This is an opportunity to do what I what I wanted to since I was little,” Gonzalez said. “At 11 years-old I was working in the fields and was speaking up against the foreman. Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to help…

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After going to a meeting at the parole office, Savannah Pastusak was introduced to Valley Apprenticeship Connections and since then her life took a positive turn. At the age of 13, Pastusak was sentenced to juvenile hall and then served a prison sentence. Once released, VAC gave Pastusak the opportunity she needed for a second chance at life. “I feel I was given an opportunity,” Pastusak said. “I feel good about myself.” Now a single mother with a 3-year-old son…

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Daisy Hernandez didn’t have the best experience at a traditional high school. When her best friend died, Hernandez felt she could no longer attend classes and wanted to drop out, until she was introduced to Fresno EOC Local Conservation Corps’ (LCC) onsite charter school, YouthBuild Charter High School of California (YCHSC). “I didn’t want to go any more, I couldn’t go because there were too many memories,” Hernandez said. “I wanted to drop out but one…

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UPDATE: The Food Express will not be operational on Friday, July 12th, due to vehicle maintenance. We'll be back on Monday, July 15th! The Summer Food Service Program will still operate on the normal schedule. Thank you! Fresno EOC is excited to present the Food Express Bus, a mobile healthy meal bus, which takes to the road to battle food insecurity amongst our community’s kids. In 2017, Fresno EOC along with volunteers, piloted a mobile meal delivery system to take USDA-funded…

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Now a Fresno EOC employee and college graduate, Glenda Ruiz fondly remembers Head Start as the place where she got her first taste of education. “Head Start planted the seed of education in me,” Ruiz said “From early on I wanted to learn more and do more for my education. After I went to Fresno Pacific and got a job at Fresno EOC, I didn’t know I was coming back to an agency that planted that seed.” It was at Head Start where Ruiz learned how to follow a daily…

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Grandparent Meso Beta, 72, continues taking on new adventures and challenges. In 1980, Beta came to the United States from the Democratic of the Congo in hopes of finding a better life for his wife and children. His story is like many immigrants, but his hardships of providing for his family make his experience as a Foster Grandparent far more fulfilling. Beta retired in 2011 and since then has found excitement in serving his community. He assists in the classroom daily and faces every new…

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School of Unlimited Learning (SOUL) students were excited to have class outside of Fresno and participate in the 2019 Law Day in Yosemite. The event provided a class of Street Law students with an opportunity to learn from legal professionals, understand current hot topics related to their rights to privacy and explore Yosemite in their off-time. “My favorite thing about the trip was learning, but outside of the classroom. You are in a new learning environment which allows you to engage…

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Natalie Hernandez knew she wanted to be in the medical field, but didn’t want to be a nurse. She has a history with Phlebotomists in her life, most of them were at Valley Children’s Hospital where she received treatment for her rheumatoid arthritis. The hospital staff as well as Fresno EOC Employment and Training allowed Hernandez to make a career in Phlebotomy possible. When she was 16 years old her rheumatoid arthritis worsened, forcing her to make biweekly visits to the hospital…

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