Valley food banks to receive drought-relief packages

The Fresno BeeApril 19, 2014 

Five Valley counties will receive shipments of food assistance to local food banks beginning in early May, the California Department of Social Services announced Thursday.

The counties due to receive the assistance in the Valley are Fresno, Kings, Madera, Merced and Tulare. These counties, among other in the state, were chosen because of high unemployment rates and a higher share of agriculture workers than the state as a whole.

The food banks will receive the first of five $5 million installments of prepackaged boxes of nutritionally balanced, nonperishable food designed to provide for a household of four people for five days. The boxes include beans, canned fruits and vegetables, soup, peanut butter and rice.

Individuals receiving a food box will be asked to self-certify they live in a household where drought conditions are the cause of their unemployment.

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