HANFORD, CA - Last Friday, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) was joined by community partners in Kings County, including Hanford Mercado & Carniceria Del Valle and the Professional Latín American Association, to distribute bags of essential items to families in need.
“We are seeing a big increase in people coming to our food drives during COVID-19,” said Assemblymember Salas. “This is our way of giving back to let the community know that we are all in this together and that we are going to get through these tough times. By working together, we will continue to make a difference to help families put food on the table.”
In April, CalFresh, which helps low-income families access healthy and nutritious food, saw an increase in applications from an average of 40,000 a month to nearly 120,000. According to the nonprofit Feeding America, an additional 17 million people across the country could find themselves without enough food because of the impacts of COVID-19.
The donation event was held at the Hanford Fraternal Hall. Mercado Del Valle provided bagged items such as rice, beans, and pasta with help from volunteers from community partners such as Kings Community Action Organization, California Highway Patrol, Hanford PAL Boxing Club, Family EyeCare, Hanford Police Department, Hanford Chamber of Commerce and more. Families were able to drive-through and receive bags of donated goods from volunteers.
In total, over 300 families were helped at Assemblymember Salas’s event with 500 bags of essential items distributed
Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Hanford, Corcoran, Delano, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Avenal, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.