BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Governor Gavin Newsom will deploy California National Guard members to provide short-term food security to isolated and vulnerable Californians.
Building on Governor Newsom’s prioritization of protecting the most vulnerable from the COVID-19 pandemic, the short deployment will help to stabilize the immediate need of food banks.
Starting today, the California Guard will deploy members to a food bank distribution warehouse in Sacramento County.
The Administration’s food deployment strategy also launches the Neighbor-to-Neighbor campaign, which calls on neighbors to be first line of support for California’s most vulnerable residents who have been advised to stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s in these times of crisis that Californians are at their best, coming to the aid of those in their community who are most in need. Food banks provide a critical lifeline for families, and are needed now more than ever. Families across our state are suddenly losing work, and millions of Californians most vulnerable to COVID-19 are staying home to protect their health and the health of others. I ask all Californians who are able to join our Neighbor-to-Neighbor campaign to safely assist those in need in your community.
The administration is collaborating with the social networking service Nextdoor and will allow the state to reach more than 22,000 neighborhoods to exchange helpful information among communities.