Cal OES Directs One Million Masks Donated by Bank of America to Agricultural Workers

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact California, Bank of America has donated one million surgical masks to support essential agricultural workers across the state.

Throughout the pandemic, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has partnered with businesses and organizations to distribute additional supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) to California’s essential workers.

“Partnerships with the private sector has been invaluable as we continue to respond to the pandemic and the needs of our essential workers. We are thankful for Bank of America’s donation of one million surgical masks which demonstrates we are truly in this together,” said Abby Browning, Chief, Cal OES Office of Private Sector and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Coordination.

Providing PPE to frontline workers is an important part of COVID-19 response by augmenting existing efforts to protect the health and safety of those in our critical sectors.

“As a major employer and essential business in California, Bank of America understands that we have a responsibility to help protect the most vulnerable members of our community in these challenging times,” said Thong Nguyen, Vice Chairman, Bank of America. “With our donation of one million PPE masks to the State Office of Emergency Services for distribution to our agriculture workers who have been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus, we are helping to protect essential workers and the critical supply chain that feeds much of our nation.”

The million surgical masks will be provided to agricultural commissioners in Imperial, Fresno, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties who will coordinate distribution to agricultural workers in those communities.

Cal OES’ Office of Private Sector and NGO Coordination has a strong history of working through partnerships with private sector, philanthropic, and non-governmental organizations during emergency response and recovery including the current COVID-19 pandemic, the 2018 Camp Fire, 2017 North Bay Fires and numerous other emergencies.

If you are a business or organization interested in donating supplies, please visit www.covid19supplies.ca.gov to learn more.

Monica Vargas

Monica is an Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). She has been involved in the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Valley Fire, Butte Fire, historic drought, Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident, 2017 winter storms, North Bay Fires, Camp Fire, Ridgecrest Earthquake and EMAC PIO support to 2020 Puerto Rico earthquake. She previously served Cal OES as an analyst in international affairs, technology operations and executive staff support.

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