The California Association of Food Banks has received a $250,000 grant from Bank of America to support 10 food banks in the state’s most drought-affected communities.
A recent poll by the nonprofit found 85% of its member food banks anticipate increase food aid demand due to drought. Collectively, they estimate a shortfall of 32 million pounds of food — or about 27 million meals.
With 410,000 acres expected to go unplanted, it’s anticipated about 14,500 farm workers will be unemployed.
“In four of our largest farming communities, we’ve gone from providing just a few days’ worth of food for 5,800 people to nearly a month’s worth of food for 20,000 people,” Andy Souza, executive director of the Community Food Bank of Fresno, said in a news release.
Recipients of the Bank of America funds include the Fresno nonprofit; Food Link for Tulare County; Merced County Food Bank; Madera County Food Bank; Kings Community Action Organization; Community Action Partnership of Kern County; Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo; Food Bank of Santa Barbara; Community Food Bank of San Benito County; and the Second Harvest Food Bank of San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.
“We’re using our reach and resources to help address what could be an unprecedented challenge,” Janet Lamkin, Bank of America California state president, said in the release.