Furthermore, these jobs are primarily low wage jobs where families live paycheck to paycheck. This necessity to work, and to provide services that so many of us rely on, is one of the main reasons that Latinos have been one of the populations hardest hit by the virus. Latinos make up about 40% of California’s population but account for around 57% of cases, according to recent data from the CA Department of Public Health. Furthermore, many immigrant families do not qualify for unemployment or federal relief, although they pay taxes. The California relief program for undocumented workers has been overwhelmed by requests and only has the funding to meet the need of about 8% of the undocumented population in the state.
Your contribution will go towards a food bank and other resources for these families in our region, allowing more people to make the choice to stay home and healthy, and will also support those who are caring for a sick family member, or cannot work because they are ill.