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10,000 masks distributed to farm workers and low-income neighborhoods

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Volunteers hand out face masks to field workers in areas affected by smoke from the Thomas Fire. (Photo from CAUSE/Facebook) Volunteers hand out face masks to field workers in areas affected by smoke from the Thomas Fire. (Photo from CAUSE/Facebook)

 UPDATE (3:45 p.m.) Innovative Produce has released a statement regarding CAUSE's actions Tuesday:

The Social Justice Group "CAUSE" encouraged untrained individuals this past Monday to distribute N95 dust masks directly to field workers in production fields. These young people, while well-intended, presented a huge risk to themselves, CAUSE and Innovative Produce Inc. First, the students violated the state law by trespassing on posted private property. Second, their trespassing violated
Innovative Produce Inc. safety and food safety policies. Third, they put themselves at extreme physical risk by entering an area that is commonly traveled by forklifts. Additionally, they were likely performing duties for CAUSE without work permits, pay, or proper insurance. Innovative Produce was already managing the health of its workers with the 7 generations, degrees in farm management, Labor contractor license, etc. at the time that "CAUSE" showed up.

I would hope that this type of activity will not take place in the future so that work place environments will not be compromised, especially during emergency situations. If a problem is witnessed on a farm under the management of Innovative Produce Inc. the office may be contacted at the phone number on the posted sign. This is the standard practice/policy on farms throughout the Santa Maria Valley. We need to work together to improve our environment.

George Adam
President Innovative Produce


ORIGINAL STORY - Over the last week, Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE) in Santa Maria says they have passed out 10,000 N95 masks to farm workers and low-income neighborhoods.

The masks were mostly donated by community members.

CAUSE volunteers planned to hand out more masks Tuesday and would also be distributing them at the following locations:

  • 120 East Jones Street #120, Santa Maria from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 629 Coronel Place in Santa Barbara from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • 126 East Haley #129 in Santa Barbara from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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