Partnership Leads to St. Rest + Food to Share Hub
Everyone deserves access to healthy food. But in too many American cities, food deserts and systemic inequities limit this access. Fresno, California is an agriculturally rich region, but nutritious food is not accessible or affordable for all of its residents. To combat this, two nonprofits, Fresno Metro Ministry and St. Rest Baptist Church, partnered to create the St. Rest + Food to Share Hub – a robust, equitable and place-based investment in Southwest Fresno for food recovery, storage and distribution. The partnership exemplifies the transformative potential of knitting together multiple forms of funding toward community impact. The partners broke ground on the Hub in early 2022 and dream of transforming a former warehouse space on the site of St. Rest’s church into a vessel for community nourishment.
Keith Bergthold, Executive Director, Fresno Metro Ministries
Pastor D.J. Criner, St. Rest Baptist Church
Bernice Wiley, Director of Food Ministries, St. Rest Baptist Church
Courtney Espinoza, Program Manager, Transform Fresno
Ashley Swearengin, President & CEO, Central Valley Community Foundation