To help support those in need amid the pandemic this holiday season, Cal Water partnered with the Salvation Army, Yuba-Sutter Food Bank, Marysville Elks Lodge, and Habitat for Humanity to feed 1,500 families with a drive-through donation line and safe delivery service on Thanksgiving. Through the utility's annual Operation Gobble program, Cal Water also donated a total of $18,000 to the Salvation Army, Hands of Hope, Yuba-Sutter Food Bank, Twin Cities Rescue Mission, St. John's Episcopal Church, Yuba-Sutter Stand Down, Habitat for Humanity, Christian Assistance Network, and Marysville Elks Lodge, so that residents could receive assistance and essential services throughout the holidays.
"Cal Water is committed to improving the lives of those in the communities we serve," said Operations Manager Mary Jones. "The holidays can be a stressful time already, but this year more than ever, we are here to support local organizations and families, as the coronavirus pandemic has had a profound effect financially on many of our customers and community members. That is why we increased this year's donation from previous years."
Operation Gobble donations come from the utility's philanthropic giving program, not from water rates.