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Free COVID Testing, Groceries Saturday at Roeding Park
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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August 21, 2020

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Free COVID-19 testing and groceries will be available Saturday at Roeding Park.

Sponsored by Fresno councilman Miguel Arias, the event runs from 8 a.m. to noon. The event will take place next to the Chaffee Zoo. Parking is free.

Facemasks will also be available for the event billed as both walk-up and drive-up.

While appointments are not required, they can still be made at this link. Arias anticipates the event will help 500 families.

One of Several Fresno Testing Events

“The past months have been difficult for everyone in the City of Fresno,” Arias said in a news release. “I want to thank you for continuing to practice physical distancing, wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently, and continuing to avoid social gatherings. We are in this together. Our actions can help save lives.”

The Roeding Park testing event is one of several that city councilmembers have held in their respective districts. They are funded by the $92 million the city received in CARES Act federal stimulus spending.

Other sponsors of the event include the office of Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula, United Health Centers, the city of Fresno, Every Neighborhood Partnership, Black Women Organized for Political Action, and the zoo.

Food Distribution at Central Fresno Church

Councilwoman Esmeralda Soria is also sponsoring a drive-thru food distribution on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon. It takes place at the First Congregational Church of Fresno — also known as The Big Red Church — at 2131 N. Van Ness Boulevard.

Food will be distributed in boxes on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last.

The Central California Food Bank and Arambula are co-sponsoring the event.

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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