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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Community action partnership of kern shall provide and advocate for resources that will empower kern county residents to become self-sufficient. The community action partnership of kern (capk) is the federally designated community action agency serving low-income and disadvantaged residents of kern county. Capk was established in 1965 with a mission to establish, provide and advocate for systems that empower low-income kern county residents to become self-sufficient and to improve their economic, social and health conditions. Capk offers a variety of programs and direct services to over 140,000 low-income residents annually in kern county communities and partners with approximately 300 agencies and organizations.

Programs: Child education and development services: to provide comprehensive child education and development services for 2,592 income eligible children six weeks to five years of age, and their families. Also includes a statewide child care program to provide children of migrant farm workers with a safe, nurturing and educationally growing environment.

nutrition services: includes the (1) child and adult care food program which provides nutritional lunch meals and snacks to the 2,592 children enrolled in the child education and development services program, (2) the women, infants and children program which provides temporary nutritional assistance and counseling for 19,770 pregnant and non-pregnant women, men and grandparents per month who are raising infants and children who are nutritionally at risk and (3) the food bank program which is one of the largest food banks in california providing emergency food assistance and distributing 8 million pounds of food annually.

energy services: the agency provides utility assistance to more than 8,000 households on an annual basis. An applicant can only receive this benefit once in a 12 month period. The applicant must reside in kern county: have a total household income at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines and have a utility bill with at least 30 days of service. Weatherization services: the agency provides assistance to more than 500 households on an annual basis. A resident can receive weatherization assistance once every seven years. To qualify the applicant must reside in kern county and have a total household income at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines.

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