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Castaic Lake hosts drive-thru food giveaway

With free food ranging from canned goods to dairy, anyone from anywhere could pick up the food with no questions asked.

Castaic Lake held a drive-thru food giveaway on Nov. 10 as a result of a joint collaboration with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger. 

With Thanksgiving arriving later this month, families across the Santa Clarita Valley are saving up to prepare feasts for the holiday, but many might need a little help with having access to a few more food items. 

In a collaborative effort to give back to the community during this financially and socially troubling time,  the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and the Office of L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger worked together to host a drive-thru free food giveaway that aligned with COVID-19 safety regulations.

For Castaic Lake, it was new water, especially for employees who work at the lake such as Gerardo, who asked his last name be withheld.

“This is the first time Castaic Lake will be having an event play out like this,” said Gerardo. “As of now, this is going to be a one-day plan.”

The event was held on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until noon, and while food drop-offs have been occurring all over the 5th District, Tuesday’s event was the second one that was hosted in the SCV. 

“Our last event in August had an overwhelmingly huge turnout of over 1,800 and we’re expecting around 2,500 for this one,” said Natalie Vartanian, the assistant deputy of the SCV field office for Kathryn Barger. “We know families have more needs now, especially with Covid happening.”

While the primary goal will be to give two to three boxes for each family household, the event is made for everyone. People don’t have to be from the SCV to pick up food, as long as they don’t exit their vehicles and let the employees and volunteers pack the boxes in the cars. 

If you want to volunteer and/or watch for future events, you can contact supervisor Kathryn Barger’s SCV office at 661-287-3657.

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