California Fire Foundation supports Imperial Valley Food Bank


(SACRAMENTO) As California continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Fire Foundation is stepping forward to help communities severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

The California Fire Foundation has gifted $5,000 in relief effort to the Imperial Valley Food Bank. The Imperial Valley Food Bank plays a critical role in providing food to families, veterans, the disabled, and seniors living on fixed incomes.

“As California firefighters are on the front lines of wildfires and other natural disasters, so too are the many organizations supporting families and communities through the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rick Martinez, Executive Director of the California Fire Foundation. “Our foundation has already supported communities heavily impacted by disaster and we are proud to continue that commitment and aid the Imperial Valley Food Bank in their ongoing efforts to help their communities.”

The Imperial Valley Food Bank regularly provides life-saving food to extremely low-income families in the community where 1 in 3 of the people they serve are children. Each month, throughout the pandemic, the Imperial Valley Food Bank has provided food assistance to around 29,000 people. The staff of just 15 has seen a substantial increase in the number of individuals reaching out for their services compared to this time last year.

“So many are suffering in our community due to this unprecedented crisis and we have seen the need for our services increase by over 50%,” said Sara Griffen, Executive Director of the Imperial Valley Food Bank. “We know our clients and sadly they are some of the most vulnerable in our county. We are grateful for the generous donation from the California Fire Foundation that enables us to continue to help those in dire need due to the COVID-19 crisis.”

This aid from the California Fire Foundation is part of their ongoing commitment to provide funding and support for community-based organizations that are on the front lines helping those facing the greatest risk from COVID-19.

— About: The California Fire Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, provides emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters, firefighters and the communities they protect. Formed in 1987 by California Professional Firefighters, the California Fire Foundation’s mission includes survivor and victim assistance programs and a range of community initiatives.

Imperial Valley Food Bank is a private, independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that, along with its partner distribution agencies, helps feed over 20,000 Imperial County residents in need each month. Founded in 1991 with the mission of “Fighting Hunger — Bringing Health and Hope to the Imperial Valley,” IVFB provides life-saving food to over 20,000 each month

Press Contact: Fera Dayani, CA Fire Foundation (916) 605-9513;