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Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission is masking up more than 1,100 employees for safety during the pandemic as the new omicron variant spreads. Our non-profit organization, a frontline community agency, is able to provide face covers and other personal protective equipment (PPE) thanks in large part to SupplyBank.org in partnership with Kaiser Permanente (KP).

On December 20, a huge gift arrived. Twelve pallets loaded with 28-thousand N95 face masks and 768 bottles of hand sanitizer were delivered to Fresno EOC offices in downtown Fresno. It’s part of a nearly $22 million donation to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in under-resourced communities and ease the burden of purchasing these materials for schools and non-profit organizations.

Three other truckloads of donations arrived in early December and one more is coming in January for a total of 7,680 bottles of hand sanitizer, 28,000 N95 masks, and 292,800 containers of sanitizing wipes!

Fresno EOC is grateful for the donation, which will be distributed among staff in more than 35 of its programs, including WIC, Food Services, and the African American Coalition, and will also be shared with clients. Fresno EOC Chief Executive Officer Emilia Reyes said, “The safety of our staff and clients is one of our top priorities, and thanks to this very generous donation, we are able to continue to provide essential services to families across Fresno County.”

SupplyBank.org uses the food bank model to address the issue of unmet material needs. Just as food banks purchase food in bulk to stretch their dollars, SupplyBank.org buys critical material needs in bulk. The organization, founded in 2009, has grown to become the largest charitable program of its kind in California.

About Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC)

Established in 1965, Fresno EOC is a non-profit Community Action Agency which provides opportunities, strengthens self-sufficiency, and offers support for all people. We listen to the needs of the communities we serve to create effective programs and services. Fresno EOC is at the forefront, continuing the war on poverty with more than 35 programs dedicated to getting people the help they need to achieve their goals.

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