$4 million in drought aid to Fresno country

Millions of dollars in food relief will help some Fresno County residents deal with the impact of the drought and water cutbacks to westside farming operations.

Some of the county's hardest-hit communities will receive a total of $4 million in aid to supply needy residents with food over the next three months through the Governor's Office of Homeland Security.

The first food giveaway is at 9 a.m. today in Rojas Pierce Park in Mendota.

"We have never done a disaster effort related to a drought," said Dana Wilkie, chief executive officer for Community Food Bank in Fresno. "Usually it's an event-type disaster like a freeze, but a drought is much more prolonged because of its impact."

Each family will be given about 40 pounds of food per person in the household, she said.

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