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By Kaitlyn Nuebel
BBF, in partnership with the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, will provide kitchen-free boxes to help Californians affected by this year’s wildfires. By preparing for the potential disasters that lay ahead, the organizations aim to eliminate the cost and concern of obtaining food and allow residents to focus on their safety and recovery.
Hot days in the summertime usually mean popsicles and trips to the pool, but for many California residents, the possibility that disaster can strike at any moment is frequently on their minds. In 2022 alone, California has already experienced over 4,000 wildfires impacting close to 28,000 acres of land. Residents in Contra Costa and Solano counties experienced the damage first hand last month when a wildfire in Contra Costa spurred evacuation orders and road closures and a 26-acre fire occurred in Solano.
In preparation for this year’s wildfire season, Brother’s Brother foundation provided a grant to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano (CCS). BBF, in partnership with the food bank, will distribute kitchen-free boxes to those forced to evacuate their homes because of wildfires. Each box has enough food and water to feed a person for one day, as well as face masks to protect against wildfire smoke, utensils, and sanitizing wipes. With items including, chicken, quinoa, and fruit cups, boxes are designed to provide a well-balanced meal while eliminating the need for a kitchen.
After partnering together last year, BBF and the Food Bank of CSS purchased 50,000 kitchen-free boxes, 10,000 of which were on hand and ready-to-go for upcoming emergencies. By preparing for the potential disasters that lay ahead, BBF and the Food Bank of CCS have mitigated the impact of wildfires in Contra Costa and Solano counties. Eliminating the cost and concern of obtaining the next meal has allowed residents to allocate their money and energy to other expenses caused by the disaster.
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