Slow improvement in Sonoma County's battle against childhood anemia

Sep 25, 2013

Each week at nine locations around Sonoma County the Megan Furth Harvest Pantry distributes food and nutrition education to needy families.
Credit Image courtesy Redwood Empire Food Bank

Nine years ago local public health officials faced sobering statistics: low-income children in Sonoma County suffered from much higher rates of anemia than children in the rest of the state. As KRCB reports, years of work by community and governmental organizations seem to be paying off as county numbers slowly improve.

Programs such as the Megan Furth Harvest Pantry were created to serve communities suffering from high rates of anemia. To date, the Redwood Empire Food Bank estimates the Harvest pantry has distributed nearly 4 million pounds of fruit and vegetables.