See how we're making a difference in the Central Valley.
We started our community development efforts five years ago in Lost Hills, just 13 miles from the Wonderful Pistachios plant. Since then, we have revitalized the community park, now known as Wonderful Park, with two community centers, two soccer fields, a volleyball court, a basketball court, playgrounds, and a broad range of community activities and events. With an overall investment to date of more than $15 million, we have also completed extensive infrastructure improvements throughout the community, including paved roads; installation of sidewalks, bus shelters, storm drains and streetlights; and planted drought-resistant landscaping.
In January 2016, families started moving into their new homes at Almond Village, 81 affordable single-family homes and townhomes developed in cooperation with the USDA. Situated in the heart of Lost Hills, these homes were built specifically for families working in agriculture, with affordable rents ranging from $350–$800 a month, depending on individual income levels.
The Wonderful Company helped finance and build the first sit-down restaurant in Lost Hills, Gabby's, which officially opened its doors in September 2015. We have also helped Lost Hills reduce its crime rate by 80%, returned an annualized county tax benefit of $150,000–$500,000 to the community, established a community advisory group to help Lost Hills on its path to becoming an incorporated town, secured the town's first polling place for the June 2016 elections, and provide ongoing support on immigration issues.
Outside of Lost Hills, in 2015 we also established the new Wonderful Community Grants program in Avenal and Wasco, offering a total of $300,000 to help support a variety of improvement efforts in both communities.