WOODLAND — Conaway Ranch rice growers, Yolo County and the Food Bank of Yolo County announced a collaborative effort to provide 160,000 pounds of California-grown rice to those in need. The rice will be distributed through the Food Bank’s programs, including its upcoming Christmas program.
“This represents the single largest donation in the history of our organization and is a testament to the strength of our partnerships with the agricultural community,” Kevin Sanchez, executive director of the Food Bank, said in a news release. “We are deeply grateful to the Conaway growers.”
This donation, endorsed by the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, would not be possible without the support of the Conaway growers, Conaway Ranch owners, Paul Buttner of the California Rice Commission, Chris Crutchfield of the American Commodity Company, Ethan Wade Graphics and American West Conservation, LLC, the news release said.
“Currently, more than 34,000 people — including single parents, children and seniors in Yolo County — face the threat of hunger,” said Supervisor Jim Provenza of Davis, who chairs the board. “With this generous donation from our rice growers, and a matching monetary donation from the Conaway Ranch ownership, we come closer to alleviating some of this hunger.”
Participants will include Sanchez, Provenza, Kyriakos Tsakopoulos, president of Conaway Ranch, and Conaway grower Mike Dewit.