UMCOR relief coming to freeze-damaged region

February 09, 2007

United Methodist Committee on Relief will provide the California-Nevada Conference with $10,000 in relief funds to help respond to effects of the January freeze.


Instant Connection reported last week on how thousands of farm workers and packing house workers are struggling to make ends meet following the hard freeze that snuffed out the citrus crops, along with their jobs. Rev. Karen Stoffers of Lindsey UMC reported on local food banks running out of emergency supplies.


Bishop Shamana made the case for the funds and quickly received a response from UMCOR that an emergency grant of $10,000 would be approved and in the mail within a short time.


The funding will assist in supplying food pantries in the Central Valley area that was hard hit by the crop damage. Funds will also be used to assist churches and other service agencies responding to those impacted by the natural disaster.


Industry officials say the dollar amount of damage to the citrus industry could climb as high as 2 billion dollars.