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After homeless week in Fresno, Neel Kashkari gives $500 to Poverello House

It looks like multi-millionaire Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari more than paid for the food he ate and the shower he took at Fresno’s Poverello House.

He made a $500 donation to the organization, which helps the city’s poor and homeless populations.

Kashkari spent a week homeless in Fresno while looking for work. In reality, he didn’t need a job. He brought along two videographers, and subsequently produced a video on his fruitless job search. His political point: California’s economic recovery — touted by his Gov. Jerry Brown, his November election opponent — hasn’t reached everybody.

Coming to Fresno on a bus, Kashkari only brought $40, and several days after arriving, he was broke and hungry. So he joined the lines at the Poverello House for a free meal. He also showered there for free.

He told Poverello House officials about the video just before its public release.

“The night he gave a heads up (about the video), he gave us a credit card donation,” Poverello House spokeswoman Gabriela McNiel said.

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