State to help out food banks affected by drought

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The drought isn't just affecting farmers, but Kern County food banks are feeling it as well.

The state is stepping in and will start delivering thousands of boxes of food to help those hit hardest by the drought.

Community Action Partnership of Kern Food Bank is one of the food banks that will get some relief.

"The California Department of Social Services developed a plan to help those impacted by the drought and that plan states that Kern County will receive approximately 31,000 boxes of food," said Ken White, Program Manager at CAPK Food Bank.

Each box will feed a family of four for five days and contains things like canned vegetables and fruit.

Kern County is just one of more than two dozen drought-stricken counties that will be receiving the shipments.

The counties were chosen based on a high unemployment rate and the number of agricultural workers.

White says they should be able to start delivering the food in two weeks.

If you have been affected by the drought and are in need of food, there is a simple way to find out where you can pick food up. All you have to do is dial 211 and give your zip code.

"This food we're going to receive from the drought is going to be a real blessing for us and the community," said White.

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