Sunday, March 1, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Yolo Food Bank receives second round of assistance for drought victims

DroughtFoodW

Britta Lindstrom, marketing communications coordinator at the Yolo Food Bank, left, helps Silvia Bermudez with boxes of food aid distributed in July. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

By
From page A1 | September 04, 2014 |

WOODLAND — On Friday afternoons, a line forms against the Yolo Food Bank’s warehouse or under the overhang on the right side of the parking lot. The sun beats down and the thermometer soars above 100 degrees, an unwelcome reminder of why they are all here.

With the drought raging on, numerous families and residents around Yolo County have lost jobs or seen their electricity bills spike past what they can afford. The Food Bank received a second round of aid through the Drought Food Assistance Program this week, and will distribute 5,676 more boxes of food during the fall.

The boxes include non-perishables: oatmeal, pinto beans, spaghetti and soup, to name a few. Karen Strach, director of programs at the Food Bank, said the program served 1,200 clients during the summer. Other than addresses, no information is collected about the people who receive the food, which is allotted on an honor system.

Esmerelda Perez, 22, said her husband and father lost their jobs at the SunFoods rice mill this year.

“No water, no jobs,” she said.

She works part time as a dietary aide at the Alderson Convalescent Hospital, but her 17-year-old brother had to take a job working on a farm to help support their parents, who still have four children living at home.

“I don’t know how they’re going to do it,” Perez said.

Kenny Spicer, 50, said his parents’ garden and fruit trees dried up under the heat.

“We grow some of everything,” Spicer said. “We have a garden year-round.”

This year, though, the trees are dying, and Spicer said rodents eat at the exposed tree roots to try to find some water. To cut costs, Spicer uses a push mower now, instead of an electric, but a skin condition makes it hard to be out in the sun.

And Dolores Ramirez, 54, said her electricity bills have skyrocketed.

“We’re all having to pay so much, we have to come here for food,” Ramirez said.

Food assistance will be distributed at 12 locations, which can be found on the Yolo Food Bank’s website, www.yolofoodbank.org, or by calling 530-668-0690.

— Reach Elizabeth Case at [email protected] or 530-747-8052. Follow her on Twitter at @elizabeth_case

Comments

comments

Elizabeth Case

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Sheriff: Mother ‘sole person responsible’ for infant’s death

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Rifle Team has a blast with competitive shooting

    By Savannah Holmes | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Child abduction case in jury’s hands

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1

     
    Pipeline project will soften water in 2016

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1

    Pig out at Farmers Market’s Pig Day

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1

     
    Weekend storm drops snow, rain, hail in California

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Christie to Republicans: No rush to pick 2016 nominee

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Bob Dunning: Colon prep can be hard to swallow

    By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2

    Scouts help fill STEAC’s pantry

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

     
    Parole denied in 1987 killing spree

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Explore Asia at Arboretum storytime

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    MU Games closing in late March

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

    Still no parole in toddler case

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    City offers wetlands tour

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    UCD student with meningococcal disease is recovering

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Young patients bond with special stuffies

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    Diversity theater group continues creativity workshops

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Radio talk show moves to Mondays

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Assault awareness campaign kicks off

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

     
    UCD student panel to cover anti-Semitism, Islamophobia

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

    Yolo Food Bank hosts thank-you breakfast on Pig Day

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    .

    Forum

    Mars or ISIS? Similar outcome

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

     
    City may get charged up over energy choices

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4

    Milt Priggee cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: B4

     
    Rowing: PE as well as life skills

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

    Police complaint procedures drafted

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

     
    Clarifying energy update letter

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

    Weekly claw pickup necessary

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

     
    Design innovation centers for the 21st century

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

     
    Speak out

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B5

     
    A new perspective on life

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: A7

    Distant water crisis has lessons for Davis

    By Marion Franck | From Page: A7

     
    Call for study to settle if anesthesia poses risk to babies

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

    .

    Sports

    Devils get a soccer win despite finishing woes

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Winning close games is the key for DHS softballers

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Aggie men get a bounce-back win at Cal Poly

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    The mystery continues: lowly Gauchos upset UCD women

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Sports briefs: Razo throws well as Aggies get a baseball win

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    Defending champion Blue Devils have diamond holes to fill

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    Republic FC falls to storied New York Cosmos

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B10

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    .

    Business

    Yolo Federal Credit Union honored for supporting business education

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

     
    Online store will celebrate, mock People’s Republic of Davis

    By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A10 | Gallery

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Sunday, March 1, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: B8