The Lompoc Unified School District is helping to feed families this holiday season by hosting a couple of food distribution events.
Organizers held a Winter Grocery Basket event on Friday.
They say the event was more successful than anyone anticipated, so food boxes ran out.
Families who came, but didn't get food, we're later contacted and invited to pick up their basket.
“Our staff continue to amaze me with their generosity, of time and spirit, for the betterment of our community. It is truly magical,” said Carmen Chavez, Principal of Hapgood Elementary School, where the food was distributed.
Principal Chavez says the driving force behind this effort was Maria Garcia-Cacique, Hapgood's reading specialist.
Garcia contacted the Lompoc Valley Community Health Organization and the local food bank to help coordinate vans and drivers to pick up food from the Santa Maria Food Bank.
Volunteers loaded the vans, and then bagged and distributed food to even more LUSD families.
“It has been proven time and time again, when there is a need in the community, Lompoc organizations and caring individuals join together to make it happen for the kids," said Superintendent Trevor McDonald.