This month, Shaw’s Air Conditioning & Heating help out with “California Water Feeds our Communities” and the California Community Food Bank in a food drive to help impacted communities throughout the state who are suffering from a lack of food as a result of our drought.
“As responsible citizens of our community, we need to help out the less fortunate. Especially in the state that we’re in with no water. This is just our way of giving back and helping out some families” commented Annette Shaw.
Trucks loaded with fresh, local produce will be sent to food banks in Merced, Bakersfield, Los Angeles, Watsonville, Salinas, Santa Maria, Oxnard, Riverside and San Diego. “We are seeing an increased number of people in line at our food banks at the same time that drought conditions have driven up the cost of food, making it difficult to provide for everyone.” said Andy Souza, President and CEO of the Community Food Bank.
The drought ‘s e ffect is now apparent with farmers and it is contributing to high rates of unemployment. The result is higher costs of living has rippled throughout California effecting both city and rural communities. No area is exempt.
As food banks take a big hit in current conditions, efforts made by entities such as Fresno Downtown Business Hub, El Agua Es Asunto De Todos, Westlands Water District, and CalWA are making a difference in ensuring that people are fed.
California Water Feeds Our Communities will be sending trucks of locally donated food, departing from Fresno, CA, starting on September 3rd to at-risk food banks across California. If you’d like to make a donation to the drive, contact Diana Enriquez at 559-513-8561 or Diana@aguaasuntodetodos.com.
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California Water Feeds Our Communities, a grassroots effort of business, farming, and service organizations partnering to support drought stricken communities throughout California, raising awareness of the important role that water plays in California agriculture and everyday life. The drought has directly impacted our communities, farm workers and farmers. Many are devastated by the lack of water.
Source credit: Lemoore Chamber of Commerce