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SALINAS SCENE: Salinas Valley donates produce to assist fire victims

A truckload of Salinas Valley produce was scheduled to arrive Thursday, Nov. 15, in San Bernardino County, providing fire victims with food assistance thanks to the generosity of growers, shippers and food banks in and around the Salinas Valley.


The load included strawberries donated by Driscoll Strawberry Associates; salads from Dole Fresh Vegetables, Tanimura & Antle and Taylor Farms; bread from the Food Bank for Monterey County; and bottled water and dry goods from Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz & San Benito Counties.

The food was to be delivered to the Community Action Partnership Food Bank of San Bernardino County and distributed to various soup kitchens and food assistance organizations aiding people affected by the recent Southern California fires.

Ag Against Hunger, a clearinghouse for surplus produce from Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties, facilitated the donation with the help of David Drew Transportation, a Salinas-based transportation company that was to carry Ag Against Hunger's trailer to Davalan Sales Inc. in Los Angeles. From there, Davalan Sales was to load a trailer with Ag Against Hunger's donation and transport it to Community Action Partnership, leaving the full refrigerated trailer at the food bank for two days to ensure the produce stayed in premium condition and thereby feed more people throughout San Bernardino County.

The food will help feed people who have lost their homes or have otherwise been affected by the fire.

According to the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection, the late October Grass Valley fire razed 1,247 acres throughout San Bernardino County, destroying 174 residential structures and two outbuildings as well as damaging 25 residential structures.