Kern County food banks stay busy with high rates of unemployment

Food Insecurity is a big issue in Kern County
Posted at 6:19 PM, Sep 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-13 21:30:44-04

Food insecurity, not a common phase we hear every day, but when some families are worrying about where their next meal will come from, or IF there will be one, they look to CAPK (Community Action Partnership of Kern) for help.

Glen Ephrow, Program Manger of CAPK Food Bank says Kern County is nearly 8,000 square miles and they work with nearly 115 different distribution sites across Kern County to help needy families. 

One of their programs, which is funded by state and federal grant money, is the Drought Emergency Food Assistance Program. They deal with many other programs including homeless shelters to distribute food.

Recent spikes in unemployment from the oil industry in Kern County have increased the demand for food supplies.

If you'd like to lend a hand or donate monetarily, $1 can generate up to 7 pounds of food. Or you can contact the food bank directly at 661-395-2495.

For more information, you can check out CAPK's website for more information by clicking here.