NEWS

For the last six years Rabbi David has been building Fresher as a replicable model for empowering youth as agents of constructive change.

With funding from The California Endowment, the Silicon Valley Foundation, Sutter, Kaiser Permanente, the Sierra Health Foundation, Wells Fargo, Rabo Bank and others, Fresher (incorporated as a non-profit and working until now as Fresh Producers) has trained over 500 youth to become nutrition educators and advocates, and enabled them to develop workforce skills, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

Fresher has pioneered healthy fundraising through produce sales, established produce stands and farmers markets and distributed hundreds of thousands of servings of fresh fruits and vegetables in underserved neighborhoods, as well as putting in garden beds and establishing a gardening curriculum at the Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility.

This model of combining entrepreneurial and health education has been demonstrated to lead to healthier choices and workforce readiness, along with a sense of professionalism and greater self-efficacy.