Seven farm lenders affiliated with Salinas, Calif.-based American AgCredit are combining to give $100,000 to fight hunger in the state’s agricultural communities.
Farm Credit Services of Colusa-Glenn, Farm Credit Services Southwest, Farm Credit West, Fresno Madera Farm Credit, Golden State Farm Credit, Yosemite Farm Credit, and CoBank jointly pledged $50,000. CoBank matched that amount, according to a news release.
The funds will go to food banks in rural areas hurt by California’s drought, which has idled thousands of acres — and farm workers who would normally work that land.
For the Salinas area, American AgCredit is directing $5,000 to Ag Against Hunger. The nonprofit serves food banks primarily in San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.
“One of the many downside impacts of the drought has been increased food insecurity for the labor force that California agriculture depends on to be successful,” Robert Engel, CoBank chief executive officer, said in the release.