Hundreds of families line up for holiday food distribution in Santa Maria

Although the Santa Barbara County Foodbank’s holiday food distribution started at 10:30 a.m., it was an early morning for hundreds of residents in Santa Maria.

“Our staff got here around 6:30 and talked to the people already waiting in their cars with their kids sleeping in the car who had arrived at five in the morning,” said Judith Smith-Meyer, the spokesperson for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

The food bank was expecting around 500 families, but the line of cars was beyond that number.

“We will be bringing out more food than we had prepared for a distribution happening next weekend,” Smith-Meyer said.

One of those recipients was Estela Hernandez, who was excited about the donation to support her loved ones. Hernandez said she doesn’t know how to cook traditional turkey, so she’s adding a Mexican touch with a mole sauce.

Hernandez added that this giveaway allows her to use her grocery money to pay off other bills.

Edén Cuatepotzo said this distribution is saving him around $200.

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