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President Offers Aide to Food Banks

By Tracy Lehr, KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Reporter, tracy@keyt.com
Published On: Feb 15 2014 12:36:21 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 14 2014 02:00:00 AM CST

President Obama got a first hand look at drought condition in Fresno Friday. Then he laid out a financial plan to help. In addition to offering $100 million in assistance to farmers, ranchers and businesses, he also offered to help food banks.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

President Obama got a first hand look at drought condition in Fresno Friday. Then he laid out a financial plan to help.

In addition to offering $100 million in assistance to farmers, ranchers and businesses, he also offered to help food banks.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide $60 million to food banks in California to help farm workers and their families hurt financially because of the drought. Much of the money will come from The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

Foodbank of Santa Barbara County director Jamie Nichols said TEFAP used to be known for supplying surplus cheese. Now it is known for supplying canned goods.

When people donate to food banks, Nichols said canned goods help but are not what they needs the most. He said families need fresh produce and that has to be picked or bought with cash.

The president is also making plans to help 600 summer meal sites for children in drought-stricken areas. The money offered will be part of matching funds.

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