The California Association of Food Banks has established a Rapid Response Fund with an initial $150,000 contribution from Pacific Gas and Electric.

The fund will allow 40 food banks across the state, including 34 in PG&E service areas, to purchase additional food and supplies, and supplement their staffing, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Food banks are a vital resource in every community, working throughout the year to ensure that no one goes hungry,” said Stacia Levenfeld, chief executive of the California Association of Food Banks. “During this current crisis, food banks are at the forefront providing an unprecedented amount of food to millions of Californians.”

The contribution is part of $1 million that PG&E and The PG&E Corporation Foundation have pledged to nonprofits focused on supporting individuals and families coping with the impacts of the coronavirus health crisis. The donations come from shareholder funds, not customers.