STOCKTON, CA – Only a week away from Christmas, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) along with community members, and organizations, gathered to assemble nearly 1,600 food baskets for disadvantaged families in San Joaquin County.
“One of the things that LULAC has done is developed relationships and partnerships with other organizations and volunteers to get resources to needy families,” says Steve Gutierrez member of LULAC and president of APATLI.
The LULAC Christmas Food Basket Program is supported by numerous organizations, including Comerciantes Unidos, General Mills, El Lucero Market, Anthem Blue Cross and the California Human Development Corporation (CHDC).
“We work for a program which serves farm workers, we help people find employment, trainings and offer them opportunities to seek a better life,” says member of CHDC Alejandra as she helped with distribution of the baskets.
“Today we’re giving a few families food for their pantries, we work with LULAC as the organization donates food baskets for us to distribute them,” said Alejandra as she collaborated with Gutierrez and nearly 50 others. “It is just one big family coming together for one purpose,” noted Steve.
For the past 35 years, the Christmas Food Basket Program seeks to make a difference for families by providing a Christmas dinner during the winter holidays.
“One of the things LULAC has been effective is in being consistent, doing the same thing and been able to adjust over the years,” added Gutierrez. “When the leadership changes and a new generation steps up I’m sure this program will continue.”
LULAC has provided food baskets for over 24,500 families since its program began.