Assemblymember Holden Recognizes Fran Robertson as Woman of the Year for 41st Assembly District

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Sacramento, CA – As part of the California State Assembly’s annual celebration of Women’s History Month, Assemblymember Chris Holden recognized Fran Robertson as the 41st Assembly District’s Woman of the Year. Robertson is a La Verne resident and Director of Sowing Seeds for Life, a non-profit dedicated to eliminating hunger in the communities they serve and responding to emergencies for those in need.

“I am thrilled to announce Fran Robertson as Woman of the Year for the 41st Assembly District,” said Assemblymember Holden. “Fran was a hero before the Pandemic, now she’s a superhero with the impact she is making to help families put food on the table.”

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Sowing Seeds for Life expanded its capacity to serve people and families in need and assembled a team of volunteers who served over 200,000 people in 2020 – more than double their pre-COVID-19 monthly average of about 9,000 people. Sowing Seeds for Life grew their capacity to serve both from their faithful corps of volunteers who transitioned to a contactless drive thru food pantry and from a successful partnership with the Fairplex.

“When Fran sees food insecurity in the community, she develops a plan and executes it to provide solutions that improves lives,” said Holden.

Over the years, Fran Robertson has initiated additional food programs that benefit seniors and Veterans. She also helped college students struggling with home and food insecurity, by establishing Sowing Seeds for Life’s first mobile food pantries in the San Gabriel Valley emphasizing service to college students who attended Cal Poly Pomona.

Fran Robertson is a graduate of Cal State San Bernardino with a degree in Marketing. In additional to her work with Sowing Seeds for Life, she has dedicated herself to non-profit organizations in the Inland Empire and San Gabriel Valley, including the Humane Society of San Bernardino and local branches of the Salvation Army, The United Way, The Pomona Valley Workshop and Inland Empire Hope Partners.