See how we’re making a difference in the Central Valley.
We started our community development efforts in Lost Hills, just 13 miles from the Wonderful Pistachios plant. 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. After revealing the needs of the Lost Hills community, we built two beautiful community centers with new soccer fields, a basketball court, a volleyball court, playgrounds, and a splash zone to cool kids off during the hot summers. We also addressed the Lost Hills infrastructure by paving roads and installing storm drains, streetlights, bus shelters, and sidewalks.
With the involvement of the community and a key nonprofit partner—Wasco Affordable Housing—and in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture and the county, we developed the neighborhood of Almond Village, just a short walk from Lost Hills Park. These 21 single-family homes and 60 multi-family townhouses were built specifically for families working in agriculture, with inexpensive rents starting as low as $350 a month. 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, 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 self-governance, and secured the town’s first polling place.
We also established the Wonderful Community Grants program, which has contributed more than $2 million in grants to nonprofits and city and county governments in the Central Valley. In 2020, Wonderful significantly expanded the scope and funding of its existing program as part of a proactive and concerted company-wide fight against COVID-19 with a $1 million relief fund.