Monterey County's only food bank is struggling this week to distribute resources to those in need, following what investigators are now calling an arson fire. Damage caused by the crime is far reaching.
The Salinas Fire Department said Monday it has video surveillance footage that confirms Saturday's fire was purposely set by an individual.
Damage estimates hover at more than $500,000, including four delivery trucks that were destroyed and one that was seriously damaged. A major refrigeration unit was also ruined, putting a large portion of the organization's perishable food stock at risk of spoiling.
The food bank was forced to cancel a program on Monday that delivers meals to senior citizens. The organization provides roughly 15,000 meals per week and about half of those are for children.