Tons of food is being handed out by food banks in California’s central valley to farm workers and others affected by the drought, water restrictions and the recession.

The situation is ironic, as this area used to be one of the most productive agricultural regions in the nation, reports the Wall Street Journal.

A record 14.5 million pounds of food has been distributed to residents of a three-county area in the last 12 months. According to the article, this is double previous years.

In some communities the food banks are serving 80 percent of the residents.

The Wall Street Journal reports on this ironic situation. Click here to read the entire article.

Source: Wall Street Journal