Senator donates pay raise

Senator Andy Vidak is donating the money to central valley food banks.
BAKERSFIELD, CA - Senator Andy Vidak donated his pay raise to several central valley food banks Tuesday, including the Community Action Partnership of Kern.

A five percent pay raise for 120 state legislators and twelve constitutional officers went into effect Sunday.

Quarterly payments of $300 will be given to each organization including the one in Bakersfield.

On Tuesday, Vidak delivered the check to Jeremy Tobias, executive director of the food bank.

Vidak said for every dollar donated, nine meals go to those in need.

"It's folks like this who work at the food banks. This is the front lines. This is where the people really get help, and it's really about the charities and not me," said Sen. Vidak.

If you are in need and live in Kern County, call 2-1-1. Not only can operators help you get food, but social and health services as well.
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