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Valley cannabis company donates PPE to Fresno’s frontline workers

A Central Valley cannabis company delivered a sizable donation of personal protection equipment to key workers within the City of Fresno on Wednesday.

Cannabis company Medallion Wellness donated about 40,000 plastic gloves and 40 gallons of hand sanitizer to the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (EOC), the Amalgamated Transit Union 1027 (ATU 1027) and the Fresno City Employees Association (FCEA).

Fresno city councilmen Paul Caprioglio and Luis Chavez partnered with Medallion Wellness and the organizations.

“Fresno EOC and FCEA are on the front lines of the COVID-19 response,” said Caprioglio in a statement. “Their protection is a top priority, and we need them to remain healthy and safe as they continue to keep our great city of Fresno safe. These are challenging times for everyone, and this donation to our frontline workers and our most valuable groups is greatly appreciated.”

Chavez added, “We want to thank Medallion Wellness for their generosity and support of our community. This donation will ensure that the health and safety of our children, seniors and frontline team members will remain a priority in our city. We appreciate their partnership and commitment to making the city of Fresno a better place to live.”

Emilia Reyes, EOC CEO, thanked Medallion Wellness for the donation.

“Whether it be at food distributions or helping house our youth experiencing homelessness, these gloves and hand sanitizer will be used to ensure our employees are able to continue to safely serve our community,” Reyes said.

The EOC is a private nonprofit organization that provides opportunities and resources to low-income Fresno County residents. The organization has over 1,100 employees and offers over 35 comprehensive community-based programs that help people be self-sufficient and contributing community members.

ATU 1027 represents transit workers in Fresno.

“ATU 1027 valley transit workers offer our appreciation and thanks for the gloves and hand sanitizer, which is very hard to come by,” said Al Munoz, President, ATU 1027. “This donation will help to ensure the safety of our public transportation workers, who have the responsibility of safely transporting riders in our community.”

The FCEA is the principal union representing a vast majority of white collar workers of the City of Fresno.

“The FCEA would like to give a heartfelt thank you to Medallion Wellness for donating essential personal protective equipment to our members who work diligently to help maintain essential services like water, sewer and disposal to all of our citizens during this crisis,” said FCEA President Sam Frank.

“We would also like to give a shoutout to Councilman Caprioglio and Councilman Chavez for facilitating this donation. Working together, we will all overcome this pandemic and be better prepared next time.”

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.