LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The Wonderful Company, which is dedicated to harvesting health around the world, recently announced that it has chosen its first 15 nonprofit organizations and schools in California's Central Valley, including its largest grantees, the California Farmworker Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County, and California State University, Bakersfield, to receive funding from its COVID-19 relief fund.
The special fund is part of the Wonderful Community Grants program.
The relief fund was established in August to support local programs, services, and resources that were affected by COVID-19 either by state and federal budget cuts or in response to a new critical need.
Andy Anzaldo, chief operating officer of Philanthropy at The Wonderful Company, said, "On behalf of Lynda and Stewart Resnick, we are pleased to award 15 organizations with desperately needed funding. These non-profits have demonstrated that through their tireless efforts in the face of this devasting pandemic, they have had a profound impact on the Central Valley's wellbeing. It's an honor to recognize and further their contributions to the communities where our Wonderful families live and work."
"We are very thankful to The Wonderful Company for believing in our mission and funding our COVID-19 initiatives for Farmworkers in California. Many farmworkers find themselves in dire need of emergency assistance for rent, and this grant will help them, and their families, meet their housing needs," said Hernan Hernandez, executive director at The California Farmworker Foundation.
Diane Carbray, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County, said, "The funding coming from Wonderful for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Del Rey and Mendota couldn't come at a better time! We rely heavily on this support for our clubs to continue to offer services and provide children with internet access in safe, quiet places while their families work."
"On behalf of CSUB's Center for Economic Education and Research, I wish to express my gratitude to The Wonderful Company for the grant that will enrich the academic experience for college students from Kern, Tulare, and Fresno county," said Nyakundi M. Michieka, associate professor of Economics and co-director of the Center for Economic Education and Research at California State University, Bakersfield. "By providing employment opportunities to these young people, many of whom are first-generation students, we can continue to change lives in the Central Valley."