Community Food Bank

The Community Food Bank Receives $5,000 from Golden State Farm Credit and CoBank

The contribution will help cover the costs associated with serving food to people located in Fresno, Madera, Kings, Kern and Tulare Counties.

Kingsburg (12-7-17) – The Community Food Bank, a local non-profit that provides food to over 280,000 people a month, received a $5,000 donation from Golden State Farm Credit and CoBank, a cooperative bank serving vital industries throughout rural America.

Based in Kingsburg CA, Golden State Farm Credit provides dependable financing solutions for people involved in agriculture throughout Northern and Central California. Golden State Farm Credit assists many local non-profit organizations by providing financial contributions, volunteer support, scholarships, and technical expertise.

“Golden State Farm Credit is focused on ending hunger, within the communities we serve, by providing aid to organizations like the Community Food Bank.” stated Cheri McKinzie, Golden State Farm Credit’s Director of Marketing and Outreach. “Providing support, in the form of a meal, makes a bountiful difference to the men, women, and families in need of assistance in the Central Valley – especially during the Holidays.”

Golden State Farm Credit believes that a healthy agricultural economy and strong ties to the community are good for rural California. The Community Food Banks efforts to fight hunger by gathering and distributing food, engaging in partnerships that advance self-sufficiency, and by providing community leadership on issues related to hunger goes hand in hand with Golden State Farm Credit’s belief that everyone benefits when organizations come together to achieve the same goal  – building sustainable communities.”

“Community Food Bank values and appreciates the support of Golden State Farm Credit and CoBank,” said Denise O'Canto, Corporate Relations Manager at the Community Food Bank. “The $5,000 donation will provide 35,000 meals for those who struggle with hunger. This collaboration makes a difference in the lives of people in Fresno, Madera, Kings, Kern and Tulare counties this holiday season.”

(Photo: Golden State Farm Credit presenting their donation to the Community Food Bank. Pictured left to right: Andrew Souza (Community Food Bank’s President & CEO), Mike Rico (Golden State Farm Credit’s Regional Vice President).)

About Golden State Farm Credit

Golden State Farm Credit is a premier employer and borrower-owned cooperative, dedicated to providing reliable credit and financial services to rural agricultural communities located in Northern and Central California. Golden State Farm Credit is focused on helping agriculturalist reach their goals with mortgage & commercial loans, competitive interest rates, equipment leasing, appraisal services, and a special lending program for Tomorrow's Farmers. Find out more about Golden State Farm Credit at or call 800.834.8698.


About CoBank

CoBank is a $126 billion cooperative bank serving vital industries across rural America. The bank provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states. The bank also provides wholesale loans and other financial services to affiliated Farm Credit associations serving more than 70,000 farmers, ranchers and other rural borrowers in 23 states around the country.

CoBank is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture, rural infrastructure and rural communities. Headquartered outside Denver, Colorado, CoBank serves customers from regional banking centers across the U.S. and also maintains an international representative office in Singapore.

For more information about CoBank, visit the bank's web site at


Contact: Cheri McKinzie                                                
Director of Marketing and Outreach
Phone: 530.571.4165