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YCAP will expand its mobile produce program

Wine business — Nonprofit partners with Salud! to bring fresh food to vineyard workers

The Yamhill Community Action Partnership (YCAP) is teaming with the ¡Salud! Mobile Health Clinic to expand its Harvest2Home mobile produce booth to four vineyard sites.

Vineyard workers are identified as an at-risk, underserved population for food security due to long hours working in the field, poor access to health services, and other barriers.

YCAP received grant funding from the Oregon Food Bank to pilot the program and also partners with OSU-Extension Service-Yamhill County in the outreach effort.

The first stop was June 16 at Willakenzie Estate vineyard and winery, where workers could avail themselves of self-select produce, play the ‘Wheel of Wellness’ for garden prizes, sample a fresh salad, receive a tomato to plant, and participate in a short survey about food security needs.

Discussions with ¡Salud! began last year and the original inspiration to contact ¡Salud! came from Ronni Lacroute, co-owner of Willakenzie Estate who also serves on the ¡Salud! service advisory sub-committee.

“Both organizations are involved in Health & Wellness outreach and believe that communities and families are stronger when their basic needs are met,” YCAP community relations director Julie Miller said. “Ronni is a visionary and believes in finding synergy where it naturally exists. We believe that the health of the community is directly linked to the health of individuals and families, a big piece of that is bringing nourishing foods into one’s diet as part of preventative healthcare.”

The Harvest2Home program first launched in summer 2014.

Thanks to partnerships with local farmers, YCAP increased fresh produce distribution by 50 percent and distribute 24 tons of produce just one year later.

In addition to the vineyard sites, YCAP also operates Harvest2Home at Dayton Friday nights, Manos Abiertos, the McMinnville Senior Center and produce nights at various food pantries around the county.

For more information on the program, visit www. yamhillcap.org.