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Drought Creates Fresh Produce Shortage At Central Valley Food Banks


The four-year drought in California is beginning to squeeze food banks.

With less water for irrigation, farmers have planted fewer row crops this year, and that's creating a shortage of fresh produce at San Joaquin Valley food banks.

Stockton Emergency Food Bank Director Mario Supnet says his operation is providing less fresh produce to families who need food.

"The quality is a little lower and sometimes we can't get the full order in and then the fresher items usually come from distribution centers, local farmers, and grocery stores and that's been pretty much little to none lately," says Supnet.

Supnet says the Stockton food bank serves 200 to 300 families each day, five days a week.

He says Thanksgiving is only a month away, and he's expecting 2,500 families to line up for holiday baskets.

Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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