CMS update for February 2021:
In February, more migrant workers are arriving in Palisade for pruning work in the orchards and we’ll continue to reach out to lend them a hand!
We have food boxes with nonperishable and fresh food items to distribute, as well as warm jackets, gloves, socks and hats to distribute thanks to the generosity of churches and individuals in recent weeks. We also have hand sanitizer, masks and other PPE to give out.
CMS resumes offering a weekly hot meal program on Feb. 10. Every Wednesday, meals are prepared in our kitchen packaged to go for curbside pickup or delivery to farm labor housing units in the orchards. Workers who have put in a long day pruning especially appreciate the convenience of receiving a hot, homestyle meal at the end of the day.
CMS continues to provide financial assistance with rent and other bills to individuals and families in the farmworker community who are facing hardship this winter. We are now offering an opportunity for returning migrant farmworkers to apply for “resilience grants” to help support their household expenses and emergency needs.