Friday, September 19, 2014
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Drought food-assistance program launched

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This 25-pound box packed with nutritionally balanced, nonperishable food is designed to feed for a household of four people for five days. Yolo County residents who are unemployed or have lost hours because of the drought can receive the food in June. Courtesy photo

Yolo County residents who have lost work because of the drought are eligible for emergency food assistance provided by the Yolo Food Bank.

“This program is a temporary effort to provide food assistance to Yolo County residents who are either unemployed or have reduced employment because of the drought,” a news release said.

The Yolo Food Bank will distribute prepacked food boxes during June, with more food possibly available after June 30 subject to the availability of state funding.

To qualify for drought food assistance, participants must self-certify that they live in Yolo County and have either less or no work because of the drought. Participants will receive a 25-pound box of nutritionally balanced, nonperishable food, designed to feed for a household of four people for five days.

The box will include such foods as applesauce, canned vegetables, tomato sauce, vegetable and chicken noodle soup, peanut butter, dried pinto beans, rice, spaghetti and oatmeal.

“We are glad to have the resources to help local families affected by California’s severe drought,” said Kevin Sanchez, executive director of the Yolo Food Bank.

To reach all areas of Yolo County, the Food Bank will be working with six partner agencies to distribute meals at 12 sites throughout the county. The partners are the Centers for Families (serving Davis and Yolo), Yolo County Children’s Alliance (serving Clarksburg and West Sacramento), RISE Inc. (serving Esparto and Winters), Family Action Center of Colusa County (serving Dunnigan), California Human Development (serving Woodland) and Yolo County Housing (serving Winters and the migrant centers in Madison and Davis).

The Davis distribution is from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at the Center for Families, 441 D St. downtown. Davis Migrant Center residents can pick up their food from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, June 11 and 25, at the migrant center, 31150 County Road 105 in Dixon.

In addition, Yolo Food Bank will pass out drought food — first-come, first-served — from 7 to 8 a.m. Fridays at its warehouse at 1244 Fortna Ave. in Woodland.

For more information, call the Yolo Food Bank at 530-668-0690 or visit www.yolofoodbank.org.

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