California Farm Credit Alliance Pledges
$100,000 To Alleviate Hunger in Local Farm Communities
Funds Will Support Food Banks In Areas Impacted By Drought
MERCED, CA (April 3, 2014) – American AgCredit announced today seven affiliated Farm Credit
associations that serve California's agricultural sector and the regional lending bank have committed
$100,000 to alleviate hunger in drought-stricken farm communities throughout the state.
Joining with American AgCredit are lending associations Farm Credit Services of Colusa-Glenn,
Farm Credit Services Southwest, Farm Credit West, Fresno Madera Farm Credit, Golden State Farm
Credit and Yosemite Farm Credit, along with regional lending bank CoBank. Together the seven
associations pledged $50,000, which CoBank matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis. The funds will be
directed to food banks in rural areas hurt by the historic drought, which has idled thousands of acres of
farmland and left many farm workers unemployed.
For the Merced area, American AgCredit is directing $10,000 of this to the Merced County Food
Bank, an organization that collects and distributes food throughout the County, supplying the bulk of
the food provided by local agencies for programs in underserved neighborhoods through grocery
pantries, senior centers, school lunches, daycare centers and hot meal kitchens. In partnership with
over 80 area pantries, the group manages 22 USDA commodities food distribution sites.
0 area pantries, the group manages 22 USDA commodities food distribution sites.
"One of the many downside impacts of the drought has been increased food insecurity for the
labor force that California agriculture depends on to be successful," said Robert B. Engel, chief
executive officer of CoBank. "We hope this contribution by the Farm Credit organizations that serve the
state will make a meaningful impact and help to reduce the level hardship for farm workers."
"We're enormously grateful for this contribution," said Andy Souza, president and CEO of
Community Food Bank in Fresno, one of the food banks that will receive funds from the Farm Credit
contribution. "California's farm communities literally put food on the table for the entire nation. I
commend Farm Credit for recognizing the importance of farm workers to the success of the state's
agricultural economy and stepping forward to help out people in need."