Tulare County Regional Food Desert Forum: Accessing Healthy Foods

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
8:30 am - 9:00 am - Breakfast and registration
9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Program
UC Cooperative Extension Auditorium
4437 S. Laspina Street
Tulare, CA 93274

Breakfast will be provided.

Please park behind the building, where you will find ample parking. You may enter from the rear parking lot.

There is no cost to attend, but advanced registration is required.

Explore opportunities to eliminate food deserts and access healthy foods in low-income communities in the Tulare County region. Expand your knowledge of successful models, tools and financing options to facilitate access to fresh produce and healthy foods. Engage in cross-sector community dialogue to form new partners in working toward eliminating food deserts.

Who Should Attend?

  • Community-based organizations
  • Retailers and small businesses
  • Municipal and county government
  • Elected officials and commission members
  • School District and educators
  • Commercial real estate brokers
  • Financial institutions and foundations
  • Real estate developers
  • COG and transit agencies
  • Health organizations
  • Advocates

Speakers will include:

  • Pete Vander Poel, Chairman of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors
  • Dr. Karen Haught, Tulare County Public Health Officer
  • Leilani Barnett, Regional Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • Genoveva Islas, Program Director, Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program
  • Veronica Saldaña, Emerging Markets, Inc., California FreshWorks Fund
  • Catherine Howard, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF)
  • Sergio Cuellar, Community Engagement Coordinator, Center for Regional Change, UC Davis
  • Commercial Real Estate Broker


Leilani Barnett, Regional Manager
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco


  • Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency
  • Tulare County University of California Cooperative Extension