Monday, April 28, 2014

Drought Impacts Food Aid Statewide

The California Department of Social Services announced last week that 24 counties impacted by the drought will begin receiving the first installment of $25 million dollars of food aid in May. The supplemental food assistance is part of a $687 million dollar drought relief bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown earlier this year. The food aid is targeted for counties that have a larger share of unemployment due to the effects of the drought on agriculture. Counties in Central California will be especially hard-hit. Unemployment in some communities in the western San Joaquin Valley are expected to be as high as 50 percent, as thousands of acres fallowed because of reductions in water allocations to farms. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.