BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A gift from Chevron and Kern Economic Development Foundation is offering support to first responders, local businesses and impacted families in the form of $100 Chevron gas cards.
A total of 1,000 Chevron gas cards are being distributed throughout Kern County, with most being delivered over the next few weeks.
“Chevron is a long-time supporter of KEDF, and they have helped us reach many families in the county, especially through our efforts to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics education,” said Cheryl Scott, executive director of KEDF. “Together we have created projects to encourage young people to pursue STEM careers in Kern County and to encourage local employers to foster that interest in local students. Today, they are making it possible for us to offer a different type of support to the community, at a time when many businesses and families are hurting.”
With assistance from community partners and stakeholders like Mayor Noerr and the Taft community, first responders, the CSUB Small Business Development Center, Buttonwillow Union School District, the Sheriff’s Activities League and Community Action Partnership of Kern, KEDF has identified businesses and families that need additional support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gas cards will help small businesses, including restaurants, that are incurring extra costs or diminished revenues as county residents continue to stay at home.
Some families whose children participate in KEDF programs will also receive cards.