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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."


PG&E employees helped the Merced County Food Bank pack and distribute food to seniors. (Photos by Denny Boyles.)

Month of Service:
Employees Donate Time, PG&E Provides Grant to Merced Food Bank

MERCED — The Merced County Food Bank today (April 25) received both funding and helping hands from PG&E and its employees.

About 20 PG&E employees helped bag and distribute food to seniors on the same day a $10,000 grant was announced to the nonprofit organization. The money is for the food bank’s senior brown bag program, which provides groceries for seniors in need.

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The Merced County Food Bank establishes partnerships with growers, canneries, packers, retailers, wholesalers and other food banks to access to the food we need. We encourage donations of food that is healthy and safe to eat. Most of our many food donation partners are located in Merced County.

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