The California Department of Social Services began distributing emergency rations earlier this week in response to a Central Valley water shortage.
Local leaders began protesting after they noticed the state was giving away foreign-produced food. U.S. Rep. Jim Costa of Fresno fired off a letter accusing the department of not supporting local farms and farmworkers.
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Lizelda Lopez, a spokeswoman for the Department of Social Services, blamed a contractor for not following instructions to buy food from the United States.
Lopez says about four percent of more than $3 million worth of food came from foreign countries.