Butte CAA Food Distributions: What You Need to Know

Thursday, Dec 10, 2020

Food Distribution EventYou may have seen the recent article in the Chico Enterprise Record talking about our most recent food distribution event or maybe you saw it show up on your Facebook newsfeed. Wherever you get your news, we want you to be up-to-date on what is happening in our community. We also want you to have the opportunity to stay engaged with our Food Distribution events, and so we have put together an FAQ and Facebook Event step by step guide.

All you need to know about what is happening in Butte County with CAA Food Distributions:

This past Monday we had a PSPS food distribution event in anticipation of the need that would come from the scheduled power outages this past weekend. It was great to have the Chico ER there to cover the story and share what we are up to. 

Food, relief available to those who lost power over weekend in Oroville

OROVILLE — Getting the power shut off over the weekend caused long lines for free food Monday morning in Oroville.

The Community Action Agency of Butte County organized an emergency food distribution in response to PG&E’s planned power shut-offs to much of the Oroville area starting Saturday. Residents who lost power over the weekend came to the Lower Wyandotte area Monday morning. They received basic items like produce (mandarins, apples, potatoes), canned meat and beans, pasta, frozen meat and Farm to Family boxes with assorted produce, milk and eggs.

Community Services Manager Tom Dearmore said the event had to begin earlier than expected when volunteers saw how long the line of people waiting for free food at the Southside Community Center had become.

“Anytime there’s a power shut-off we will try to do a direct food distribution somewhere near where the shut-off is within three days of the power being restored,” Dearmore said.
The distribution was a last minute effort on top of the usual weekly food distributions as typically, “We get notifications from PG&E prior to any of the (public safety power shut-off) events. This one was a little different in that it was just (due to) a repair; it wasn’t to prevent a fire.”

“We’ve heard a lot of comments from the public that these folks are living in the margins, and if they lose their power for a while, a lot of foodstuff they have goes bad,” he added.

Dearmore added the distribution, like others, was open to any who are in need at the moment and was not limited to only those directly affected by the shut-off. As with other tailgate food events, “If they line up they can have it.”

This is in part due to a large uptick in demand after the North Complex fires and during the COVID-19 pandemic, Dearmore confirmed. In 2019 after the Camp Fire the agency distributed 1.2 million pounds of food, and by contrast this month marks 2 million pounds distributed in 2020, he said.

[Read the full story HERE]

FAQs for Food Distribution Events:

When will your next event be?

We have a schedule that shows all our TEFAP food distributions through December on our website, however we sometimes add events on short notice depending on Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events or if there is a natural disaster like the wildfires this summer.

  • See our distribution schedules HERE
  • See our Facebook Events page HERE
  • For other information please call 530-712-2600 Opt. 3.

How to Use Facebook Events

You may have noticed we've been posting our TEFAP Emergency Food Distribution events as "Events" on our Facebook Page. Facebook is an easy way to post updates in a short amount of time that can be seen by a lot of people. So be sure you have "liked" and "followed" our page to see our events on your Facebook. 
On Facebook, you can go to our events page and see all the upcoming events and favorite them or RSVP to them to get reminders. Each event has details concerning time and the location. By clicking "see more" on the event's page's details box, you will see the address for the location. Watch the tutorial video below which is posted on our Facebook page:


How do I qualify for aid?

Our main priority is getting food to hungry families in this time. The pandemic has affected everyone in different ways whether it is economically, emotionally, or both. At the event we will take your name down to have a record of who attended, but no further confirmation is needed for these events. 

How can I help?

We are in a season of change and constantly adapting to find new ways to better serve the community. Our community has been and is still feeling the impacts of the times we are living in, including COVID-19 and the current cold winter season. If you are able to help by volunteering at these events or others, please fill out this form!