SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) – Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday announced a new program that will unite farmers and ranchers who suffer from a decrease in demand for products with food banks to help increase the number of families in need in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.
Newsom opened its remarks on Wednesday by reviewing a newly introduced program with FEMA to help restaurants get back to work by providing subsidized food for seniors in need, saying the state will now spearhead another new pact to help connect businesses that are harmed by the corona virus pandemic with California citizens. in need.
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“In the same spirit, within the same framework of partnership and partnership, today we announce a strategy to do the same with food, but now focus on agriculture for families; focusing on issues that lie ahead and center across the country, “Newsom said. “And that’s the problem with this food bank and how we can do more to support our farmers, help support agricultural workers and also help support the food bank here in the state of California.”
This initiative will be a partnership between the federal government, the state of California and philanthropy. With farmers experiencing a 50 percent decrease in demand, they have excess production and products that cannot be distributed.
Meanwhile there was a 70 percent surge in demand at the food bank. As the world’s breadbasket, Newsom said he wants the country “to overcome the mismatch” and work to connect farmers with food banks while helping to get nutritious food for families who need it most.
“The partnership currently has around 128 farmers and ranchers who provide food for 41 food banks distributed in 58 districts. The purpose of this announcement is to provide 21 million pounds of fresh food and fresh products every month to the state food bank, “explained Newsom.
The governor said the country had raised $ 3.6 million to start the program with plans to extend it to the end of the year. Newsom said the program would help reduce food waste in addition to providing federal subsidies and tax credits for farmers and wages for agricultural workers.
The governor also outlined two other programs that would provide additional resources and funds for families in need, stressing that food insecurity is as important as mitigating economic insecurity.
Newsom also said that families in need who use the country’s Cal Fresh program can now order food online through Amazon and Walmart with plans to expand partnerships to more vendors. Newsom said that around two million families currently use this program. The federal waiver made the partnership possible online ordering, according to Newsom.
The governor also mentioned that additional funding would be provided to families in need through other federal waivers obtained from the efforts of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The waiver will help give money to families with children who are eligible for cost reduction or free meals at school, according to Newsom.
About 3.8 million children are eligible for the programs, the Governor said. What Newsom calls the Pandemic EBT program will generate up to $ 1.4 billion available to the children’s families for an additional $ 365 per family.
“The universe of dollars available is rather large and we just want to make sure it is socialized,” Newsom said. “And we do everything in our power to get information out there and of course encourage others who might know people who fall into the category that qualify for a free or reduced breakfast and lunch program to find out that this dollar is available to them through EBT program. And we will do our best to put it in people’s pockets because we are very aware of people’s food insecurity, not just their economic vulnerability, and we don’t want to make it worse as far as we can. “
Newsom Governor said that the country currently has around 46,500 cases, marking a 3.3 percent increase. There have been 78 new deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 1,887 deaths, an increase of 4.3 percent.
Both the percentage of patients treated in hospitals and patients in the ICU tends to rise slightly.
The governor also discussed the state’s unemployment rate, saying 3.6 million Californians have applied for unemployment insurance since March 12. Newsom said more than $ 6 billion had been distributed with $ 1.2 billion given on Tuesday.
The country is also gradually increasing its testing capacity, an average of 20,000 COVID-19 tests a day with 25,000 tests given on Tuesday.