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Kern County is one of the most fertile food-growing regions on the planet, a place that feeds this nation and the world, yet thousands of our neighbors go hungry because they don’t have access to food. Bakersfield has been identified as the metropolitan area with the highest food insecurity in the nation, meaning many don’t know where their next meal will come from.
For decades, the Community Action Partnership of Kern (CAPK) Food Bank has been the nerve center of Kern County’s efforts to push back against hunger. That food is distributed across Kern County through direct distributions and the assistance of more than 150 partner agencies and food pantries that rely on food from the CAPK Food Bank to feed their neighbors who are in crisis. In 2020, CAPK experienced an incredible increase in the services we offer as the primary food bank in the County. The volume of food distributed reached 33 million pounds, which is a 61% increase from the year prior reaching over 600,000 residents. Food assistance has become so urgent now that our expansion project can no longer wait.
The CAPK Food Bank has reached its capacity and it has been necessary to rent several other warehouses to hold and process the food received every day. The Food Bank expansion project will unite the Food Bank operations back under one roof, increasing CAPK’s ability to feed the residents of Kern County.
Your donation will move us closer to our goal of expansion, and together, we can ensure that children, families, and seniors of Kern County continue receiving nutritious foods.
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