Fri. Sep 25th, 2020

Gov. Newsom To Sign Foodbank Bill To Aid Low Income Citizens During Pandemic And Economic Downturn

A bill sits on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk that will provide food assistance to low-income residents. On Tuesday, a coalition of mayors and food bank representatives from around California called on Newsom to sign AB 826, putting $600 in food assistance to low-income residents, including undocumented immigrants.

The bill was authored by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, who said food banks and other nonprofits throughout California have experienced a surge in people seeking assistance since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, food banks have seen anywhere from a 100 percent to 400 percent increase in demand since the start of the pandemic.

“Kids and families are starving during this pandemic,” Santiago said. “There is a desperate need among low-income communities, especially undocumented communities, for food assistance right now. I personally have seen thousands of people lining up for just a few boxes of food to get their families through the week.”

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has more than doubled the amount of people it is serving since March, according to Santiago.

Newsom is expected to take action on the bill by Sept. 30.

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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