Food distribution planned for SWC’s National City campus

A food drive is set for Monday, July 13, at Southwestern College’s Higher Education Center campus in National City from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chefs Latinos partnered with the National City Chamber Foundation, Southwestern College, NALEO Educational Fund as community partners to provide free meals to families in National City and South Bay.

Antonio Alcaraz and his coalition of Latin American chefs from Mexico, South America and California envisioned this drive and identified National City as the beneficiary of their charity.

Access to the food donation event is by car only, entering the college’s parking lot via Roosevelt Avenue and West Ninth Street, advancing to the top level of the parking lot.

Food will be placed in the trunks of cars for safe access and all car windows should remain closed. Murphy’s Produce with Purpose, a local food distribution site in National City, is providing 300 boxes of produce to supplement the 1,000 meals provided by Chefs Latinos.

San Diego Innovation High School will be donating tote bags, while Shryne Group and the nonprofit organization 86 are providing face masks and hand sanitizers to keep volunteers and households germ-free during the food drive.

“National City is a food desert with limited access to healthy, affordable and culturally appropriate nourishment. Today, residents face unprecedented unemployment rates of 33 percent. Partnering with Chefs Latinos is a welcome opportunity during these challenging times to provide hunger relief to our community,” stated Jacqueline Reynoso, president of the National City Chamber Foundation, in a press release.