Stockton, CA / Bilingual Weekly
Once again —and as they have done every Holiday Season for the last 34 years— the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Stockton Council 2060 will be assembling its Christmas food baskets that will go to needy families throughout San Joaquin County.
John Solis, LULAC member and one of the event’s coordinators, said all the recipient service organizations that will be participating and helping identify needy families in the community have been contacted and approximately 1,700 large baskets of food have been committed. “While we tried to accommodate all of their requests, the allocation of Christmas food baskets to each organization was based on the availability of funding,” said Solis. Over the years LULAC has provided food baskets to nearly 23,000 families.
This year the Christmas food baskets will be assembled on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at the Commodities Warehouse located at 2736 N. Teepee Drive, Suite C, East Stockton. Everyone who wants to help is welcome, says Solis, “we start at 8 a.m. but by 7 a.m. will have hot coffee and pan dulce for all our volunteers,” he added.
After the volunteers put the Christmas baskets together they are transported and distributed the same Saturday to the different community organizations who in turn dispense them to the recipients… just a week ahead of Christmas.
The LULAC Christmas Food Basket Program is supported by numerous organizations, including businesses within San Joaquin County. “Through the help of these organizations, local leaders, private donations and people of San Joaquin County many families will have a warm Christmas meal” concluded Solis, “and maybe a little left over for the next day.”
LULAC —America’s oldest national Latino organization— boasts 80 years of continued service to the U.S. Latino population through more than 48 employment training centers and 16 regional centers.