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A partnership between Dignity Health, Sonder and Operation Barbecue Relief to feed thousands in need

Posted at 7:49 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 22:49:47-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Food is a necessity that many families in Kern County are struggling to buy as they make ends meet during the coronavirus pandemic.

"We've been shut down due to the coronavirus we were feeding three days a week. All that pretty much has stopped," Dionne Johnson, the pastor at the House of Ruth Outreach Ministry said. "There's really a big need in the streets. The homeless are really suffering. They say the rations are very thin in the streets."

A partnership between Dignity Health, Sonder and Operation Barbecue Relief, a win-win situation was created.

A total of 35,000 meals over the next 14 days will benefit the Mission at Kern County, Bakersfield Homeless Center, CityServe and Children's First.

"There's a lot of food insecurity in our community right now, so this is a great opportunity to keep serving the less fortunate, not just at the mission, but surrounding," Carlos Baldovinos, the executive director for The Mission at Kern County said.

On Wednesday, 350 meals were brought to The House of Ruth Outreach Ministry in Old Town Kern.

"What we're doing today is really going to bless a lot of families, really gonna bless a lot of families. Grandmothers. Kids are going to be able to eat, people living in the streets. They're going to be able to eat the ones who's really struggling and suffering," Johnson said.

Coronavirus Testing Sites - Kern County

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State-Provided Sites
  • Must have an appointment
  • Free, but if have insurance they will bill
  • No screening criteria

Kern County Fairgrounds
1142 South P Street, Building 4, Access Gate 27

Rosamond Library
3611 Rosamond Blvd, Rosamond CA 93560

Arvin Public Health
204 S Hill Street, Arvin

Wasco Library
1102 7th Street




County-Provided Sites
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Oildale - Good Samaritan Hospital
901 Olive Drive, Bakersfield
  • For Registration call (661) 215-7725
  • Drive-Thru Only
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 8 pm, Saturday 8 am - 12 pm

Ridgecrest - Ridgecrest Regional Hospital
1081 N. China Lake Blvd, Ridgecrest
  • For Registration: Text the word "testing" to 833-774-4968 Or Call 866-774-9984
  • Drive-Thru Only
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 10:30 am

Delano - Delano Regional Medical Center
1401 Garces Hwy, Delano
  • No Drive-Thru option
  • Hours: Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Kern River Valley - Kern Valley Hospital
6412 Laurel Ave, Mt Mesa Wheelchair Logo
  • For Registration call (760) 379-2681 ext 267
  • Drive-Thru Only
  • Hours: Wednesday - Thursday from 7 am - 2 pm.
Tehachapi - Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley
1100 Magellan Dr 93561

Lamont - Kern County Library
8304 Segrue Road, Lamont, CA 93241
  • For registration call 661-869-6018
  • Drive-Thru and Walk-Up<
  • Testing available for ages 5+ only; parents must be present and give consent for children
  • Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 9 am - 2 pm; Tuesday, Thursday 2 pm - 7 pm

Taft - West Side Health Care District
  • For Registration call (661) 765-1935
  • Drive-Thru<
  • TTesting available for all ages; parents must be present and give consent for children
  • Hours: Tuesday – Friday 9 am – 1 pm & 3 pm – 7 pm; Saturday 11 am – 3 pm