Encouraging Food-Based Development Along The Blackstone Corridor!

Fresno Metro Ministry, the backbone organization for the Better Blackstone Association, is one of 26 grant recipients (only two in CA) out of 528 applicants, funded by The Kresge Foundation FreshLo initiative to support our "Building the Better Blackstone CDC through Food Oriented Placemaking" project.

Over the past few months, Fresno Metro Ministry and the Better Blackstone CDC have been conducting surveys and focus groups to gather information from residents, small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs about healthy eating, cultural food traditions, and the needs of food-based small business owners. Findings from these outreach engagements will be documented in a digital guide of "Blackstone Bites," which will feature profiles of multicultural cooks and businesses, highlighting healthy versions of traditional foods and fresh local, seasonal produce that can be used in everyday recipes.

Mark Your Calendars!

In early 2017, we are hosting two “What’s Cooking Fresno?” pop-up Multi-Cultural Cooking Expos to highlight local chefs, artists, and aspiring food entrepreneurs. Save the dates and join us in a celebration of local food and art! The Pop-ups will be held at Manchester Center in the east wing just north of the carousel. The March Pop-up will be a Multicultural Soup Celebration and April will feature Stuffed, Wrapped and Rolled Delights!


(Click dates above to purchase individual tickets for each event.)

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“FreshLo: Food as a Creative Platform for Neighborhood Revitalization” is a joint effort by Kresge’s Arts & Culture and Health Programs to develop food-oriented initiatives in cities across the country.