Bakersfield, CA (KBAK/KBFX photo) — The Kern County MLK CommUnity initiative is uniting to make sure families don’t go hungry while they are staying home.
Although the Coronavirus pandemic has caused uneasiness worldwide, Kern County leaders are stepping in to make sure low-income families have food on their tables.
Now that we have this virus and stuff going on, there’s no food in the stores, especially for the kids. They’re out of school and a lot of kids look forward to food.
Bare grocery stores have left many families wondering what they will eat. In the midst of the uncertainty, one thing remains true.
“When times are tough, or we think times are tough, we come together, we pull our resources together,” Assemblyman Rudy Salas said.
Dozens of caring hearts and serving hands showed up to help the MLK CommUnity Initiative distribute food.
“Fresh fruit, we have oranges, apples, pears, chicken,” Arleana Waller with The Frink Firm said.
This distribution usually happens once a month at Belle Terrace Park, but organizers decided to change the location this time to 1116 East California Avenue.
Wednesday morning hundreds of cars lined up for curbside pick-up.
“I think this is a good thing they’re doing and it’s nice because it’s drive through,” Keisha Stevenson, Bakersfield resident said.
For Isaias Perez and his family, this food distribution was a blessing.
His family has been struggling to make ends meet and they were wondering where their next meal would come from.
“With a little bit of struggle on food, we actually just got some food on the table and I’m honestly grateful and you know it’s a lot of help.” Perez said.
Volunteers handed out 22,000 pounds of food, which they estimate will help feed more than 300 families.
The next food distribution will take place April 20th at the 116 East California Ave location.