The Kern County Fair has partnered with the Community Action Partnership of Kern (CAPK) Food Bank to bring awareness to the issue of food insecurity throughout Kern County, with its Feed the Need Canned Food Drive.
Bring three non-perishable, canned food items per family member to the Kern County Fair on Wednesday, September 26, between 3-9pm and admission is free. CAPK Food Bank volunteers will be on-hand to graciously accept the canned food items just inside the Main Gate, Belle Terrace and Union Avenue entrances.
Food insecurity knows no boundaries. It affects people living in rural, suburban and metropolitan areas of Kern County:
•According to the USDA, 14.9% of households in the United States were food insecure at least some time in 2011.
•In Kern County, the problem is much larger. 33.0% of low-income residents are food insecure, and 5.7% have very low food security, resulting in one or more household members reducing or disrupting their food intake, including children.
•CA Food Policy stats show that 20% of Kern County population is below the poverty line; of that, 24.5% are youths.
"The CAPK Food Bank is very excited to be working with Michael Olcott, CEO of the Kern County Fair and its Board of Directors, who recognized the need in our community and approached us to help", says Mark Corum, Outreach and Resource Development Manager of Community Action Partnership of Kern. "They've provided an opportunity to treat the family to a great entertainment value, while engaging the community to do its part to help reduce food insecurity throughout Kern County."
For more information, contact Mark Corum, with Community Action Partnership of Kern at 336-5236.