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The Kern County Department of Human Services has extended pandemic EBT food benefits to eligible school-aged children.

Food benefits
extended for eligible Kern County children

The Kern County Department of Human Services has extended pandemic EBT food benefits to eligible school-aged children.
The program supports children who would typically receive free or reduced-price school meals through the federal School Breakfast or National School Lunch Programs.
Eligible children include those who previously received P-EBT benefits for the 2019-20 school year, are attending a California K-12 school for the 2020-21 school year, and are assumed to be attending school virtually or via a hybrid model of virtual and in-person instruction for the 2020-21 school year.
New P-EBT cards are being mailed to families through late December.
For more information, visit

Collaborative has
baskets available

Veterans are invited to reach out to the Kern County Veterans Collaborative if they are interested in receiving a Thanksgiving basket.
To reserve a basket, call 661-328-8600 or email
Deadline to reserve a basket is Thursday, Nov. 19.

Treated wood not accepted at landfills, transfer stations

Beginning on Jan. 1, the Kern County Public Works Department will no longer accept treated wood waste at its landfills and transfer stations.
Examples of treated wood include grape stakes, railroad ties, utility poles, fence posts, docks, piers and guardrails.
The change is due to the vetoing of California Senate Bill (SB) 68 by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The bill would have extended the Alternate Management Standards (AMS) of Treated Wood Waste (TWW), which expires on Dec. 31.
For more information, visit and follow @KernCountyPublicWorks.

Sarge’s Wreaths
4 Vets in need
of donations

Sarge’s Wreaths 4 Vets is seeking donations to help cover the cost of placing Christmas wreaths on nearly 1,000 headstones for veterans buried in the Kern River Valley.
The local non-profit organization is putting collection boxes out at the following locations: Cheryl’s Diner, Archie’s Hardware, Primo’s, Fremont Deli and Shell One Stop in Kernville; Builders Mart, Shell and Red Rooster in Mt. Mesa; VFW, Golden State Mercantile, Shell (corner of 155 and Isabella Boulevard), TrueValue, Nelda’s Diner and L&M Lumber in Lake Isabella; and Mountain Vista Mobil and The Fox Hole in South Lake.
Donations can also be made at or

Blanket donations sought from

Community members are invited to donate a blanket to help keep someone warm this winter.
The blankets will be handed out to the needy who attend dinner at Chef Sarape on Christmas Day.
To donate a blanket, bring it to one of three drop-off locations: Kern Valley High School, Kernville Sierra Gateway Market or South Lake Sierra Gateway Market. For more information, contact TJ Sanders at 760-417-1581.

FFA hosting
Christmas tree lot

The Kern Valley FFA is hosting its Christmas tree lot once again at the KVHS AG Farm.
Pre-order options, contact-free options as well as traditional options will be available.
For more information, call Becky, KV FFA Booster secretary, at 760-549-3389.

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