A little more than 100 miles north of Los Angeles, Bakersfield is a world away from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. The anchor of the southern end of California’s Central Valley, the city of nearly 350,000 people is key to the nation’s agricultural industry. There is also a significant oil presence in the city. Still, 26.7 percent of people in the Bakersfield area struggle with food insecurity, putting it at Number One in the U.S.
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