Food Bank provides assistance to communities impacted by North Bay fires
As devastating fires continue to burn throughout the North Bay, community members, local nonprofits, and government leaders have responded quickly to calls for assistance. The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano stands with all those impacted by this disaster, and we’re mobilizing our resources and community to provide support.
Parts of Solano County are on fire as well as huge swaths of the areas served by our partners at the Redwood Empire Food Bank in Sonoma, the Napa Valley Food Bank, and Yuba Sutter Food Bank. None of our food banks’ warehouses have been impacted and we’ve launched an immediate and coordinated response.
Neighborhoods within a few miles of our Food Bank’s Fairfield headquarters have received “prepare to evacuate” orders, but our warehouse is not threatened at this time. Green Valley and rural areas east of Fairfield in Solano County have already received mandatory evacuation orders. The Food Bank is coordinating with evacuation centers in Solano to provide food assistance to displaced residents.
The Food Bank was forced to temporarily suspend some Farm to Kids distributions due to school closures in Fairfield and Vacaville, but all other programs are operating normally at this time.
Seven Bay Area food banks, including ours, have a regional disaster plan in place and an agreement to come to each other’s aid in an emergency. The strength of our partnerships allowed us to immediately mobilize, providing affected food banks with truckloads of donated food, staff support, media outreach assistance, and other resources.
Affected counties and the state of California have deployed their own resources and issued requests for federal assistance, including the Disaster SNAP program and other emergency food resources. As we wait for responses,The Food Bank has been providing updates to our elected officials and preparing for the possible distribution of federal assistance.
If you are able to donate to food banks in the impacted North Bay communities, please do so today.
|Give to the Redwood Empire Food Bank in Sonoma|
|Give to the Napa Valley Food Bank|
|Give to the Yuba Sutter Food Bank|
|Give to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano|
Due to the evolving nature of the fires and our response, we will send out additional updates. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Communications Manager, Lisa Sherrill at [email protected].