OC Congresswoman Michelle Steel (CA-48) teamed up with local churches to push out information regarding drive-thru food banks in Orange County during last year’s pandemic.
COVID-19 hit Orange County families hard. OC faced a 6.4% unemployment rate as early as March 2021. Part of the consequences of this is the rise of food insecurity in the area.
“As we continue to navigate this crisis, it’s vital that the county has all the resources it needs to assist those most negatively impacted by the economic impacts caused by the state lockdowns,” Steel said. “With this financial support that will be administered by the Social Services Agency, the Orange County Residents that rely on food bank support for meals will continue to get the support they need.
Steel co-authored two proposals which would enhanced the ability of Orange County residents to receive healthy, fresh foods.
The first gives $3 million of funding to the Second Harvest Food Bank and the Community Action Partnership of Orange County. The Voice of OC reported this funding helped the Second Harvest feed close to 500,000 people in April 2020 alone.
The second proposal doled out $4.5 million of funding to 23 community clinics and 66 skilled nursing facilities.
“This funding will support equipment, supplies, staffing, training, and help the facilities provide high quality medical care for our most vulnerable populations,” said Steel. “Providing this essential assistance will help protect the health of our most vulnerable and help us get people back to work safely.”
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