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Food Assistance Available In Counties Hardest Hit By California Drought

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YOLO COUNTY (CBS13) —Families in areas hardest hit by California’s drought are getting some much-needed help as part of the state’s $687 million drought relief bill.

Yolo County is able to put some of that money to use by feeding families in need.

“Most of us here in town, they work on the fields, and they depend on the season,” said Claudia Covorrubias.

INFO: Drought Food Assistance Program Fact Sheet

But she says this season, the drought is taking its toll, and her husband is out of his usual farm work. It’s a familiar story in Yolo County.

“We need the water,” she said. “If there’s no water, there’s no planting. So if there’s no planting, there’s no food.”

The need was seen by state leaders who set aside $25 million in the recent drought bill to help feed families like hers. The money is being spent on boxes going to food banks from 24 of the hardest hit counties where unemployment and agricultural work is higher than the state average.

COUNTIES AFFECTED

  • Amador
  • Butte
  • Colusa
  • Fresno
  • Glenn
  • Kern
  • Kings
  • Lake
  • Lassen
  • Madera
  • Merced
  • Modoc
  • Monterey
  • San Benito
  • San Joaquin
  • Santa Cruz
  • Sierra
  • Siskiyou
  • Stanislaus
  • Sutter
  • Tehama
  • Tulare
  • Yolo
  • Yuba

The Yolo County Food Bank began handing out more than 5,600 boxes of donations at two locations on Monday. The boxes include nonperishable, nutritionally balanced food that can last four or five days for a family of four.

Families qualify if the drought has caused them to be under- or unemployed.

“It’s all on an honor system,” said Stephanie Sanchez. “We’re really trying to just help out families in need. If they can’t prove it, we don’t want to have to turn them away.”

Emmanuella Eliadiazzamora has a daughter and is expecting another child in less than a month. For her, the help is huge.

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