Located in the exact middle of California, the Foundation serves a region with over 2 million people living in six Central Valley and Central Sierra Nevada counties, including Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kings, Merced and Mariposa. The region is globally distinctive and recognizable for its rich agricultural resources and young, fast-growing, and diverse population.
It’s hard to imagine this place that produces 25% of the nation’s food on just 1% of its farmland — and generates $22 billion in farming — is one of the poorest regions in the country. The Foundation is committed to doing whatever it takes to change these conditions and drive strategic investments that make the Central Valley a vibrant and healthy place for its residents.
One of the fastest growing regions in California and the nation with 55% of residents under the age of 35 years old
Produces 60% of the nation’s fruits and nuts and 30% of its vegetables
More than 75,000 quality jobs needed in the region to reduce poverty by two-thirds
The region’s capital city, Fresno, is ranked 55th out of 59 large California cities for economic growth over the last 40 years and 59th out of 59 for economic racial inclusion
46% of children in Fresno live in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty
Life expectancy for residents living in affluent versus poorer neighborhoods can vary by as much as 20 years