Connie Baker, a management analyst for the agency, said that 20,832 drought-relief food boxes were made available by the California Department of Social Services to the 24 counties most impacted by the drought, including San Joaquin County.
The food is intended for county residents who have lost their jobs or had their working hours reduced as a result of the lack of rainfall this year.
“The food boxes are part of the drought response, over and above the normal response,” Baker said. “They wanted to get the food out as quickly as possible to the people.”
For Tracy-area residents, boxes of food are available from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Wednesdays at the Larch-Clover Community Center, 11157 W. Larch Road.
Each box holds enough nonperishable, nutritionally balanced food to feed four people for five days, including canned fruit, peanut butter, vegetables, rice and beans.
Baker said that people are not required to provide proof of loss of income to get a box, but they must fill out a document attesting to their loss of work due to the drought.
Since early June, an average of 60 boxes each week have been given out at the Larch-Clover Community Center, amounting to 17 percent of the 350 boxes distributed weekly countywide. Baker said the distribution would continue until the statewide supply was exhausted.
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