Healthy food for everyone through collaboration, education and promoting self-reliance.
To grow a thriving local food system where consumers make informed decisions; farmers make a decent living while prioritizing ecological stewardship of the land; and all people – regardless of income – have access to healthy food. We push beyond the immediate demands of hunger relief toward community food security (and hunger prevention) with programming that expands our community’s capacity to feed each other today and into the future.
Petaluma Bounty grew out of a 2004 Community Needs Assessment commissioned by the Hub of Petaluma Foundation to determine Petaluma’s greatest unmet community need. It revealed many seniors, low-income families with young children and individuals were struggling to afford adequate nutrition. Research with local emergency food providers and Petaluma residents revealed that the demand for emergency food was growing. The response that emerged was Petaluma Bounty, a multifaceted community food security initiative, launched in 2006 with the Bounty Hunters gleaning program and an initiative to start community gardens.
In 2008, the Bounty Community Farm, an urban educational farm site opened its doors to grow food with community for community. On October 1, 2012 Petaluma Bounty became a program of Petaluma People Services Center (PPSC). PPSC was incorporated on December 2, 1976 and is a 501(c)3 private nonprofit organization. PPSC is dedicated to improving the social and economic health of our community by providing programs that strengthen the dignity and self-sufficiency of the individual.
As a Program of PPSC, Petaluma Bounty’s mission is healthy food for everyone through collaboration, education and promoting self-reliance. We seek to foster a thriving local food system while improving low income families’ access to sustainably grown, local food.