Wendi Gosliner receives grant to support increased procurement of California grown fruits, vegetables, and nuts in California state prisons

Oct 15, 2020

Nutrition Policy Institute's Wendi Gosliner was awarded a $439,345 California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Specialty Crop Block Grant to partner with Impact Justice and ChangeLab Solutions to increase demand for California-grown fruits, vegetables and nuts in California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) state prisons. The CDCR is the largest California state food purchaser, with over $150 million in purchases annually. The project will educate CDCR stakeholders about the benefits of procuring and serving more California grown specialty crops; work with stakeholders to develop policy and systems-level changes to promote procurement of California grown specialty crops; and work with formerly incarcerated individuals to understand opportunities and barriers to increasing consumption of California grown specialty crops in CDCR facilities and to provide them with nutrition education. The project broadly will reach 120,000 incarcerated people. The two-year project begins November 2020.

By Danielle L. Lee
Author - Director of Communications & Research Engagement