Clandestine food bank in Santa Cruz County serving hundreds

COUNTY AN UNDERCOVER FOODBANK IS OPERATING IT'S DELIVERING BASIC NECESSITIES TO UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS IN FEAR OF DEPORTATION ACTION NEWS REPORTER CHRISTOPHER SALAS IS HERE NOW WITH WHAT PROMPTED THE OPERATION# WELL DAN THE WOMAN WHO STARTED IT SAID IT WAS A COUPLE OF THINGS UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS WERE GOING HUNGRY

AND SOME ARE AFRAID TO GO TO SERVICES THAT WILL PROVIDE THEM WITH FOOD 03:42 "WE HAVE AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION IN AN ALLEY WAY AND WE SET UP TABLES AND THEN THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY COMES AND TAKES WHAT THEY NEED" ANN LOPEZ IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE CENTER OF FARMWORKER FAMILIES SHE SAID SHE STARTED THE UNDERCOVER FOOD BANK AFTER HEARI FARMWORKER FAMILIES WERE GOING HUNGRY DURING TIMES WHEN THERE WAS NO WORK AND THEY FEARED GOING TO FOOD BANKS AND EVEN GROCERY STORES 04:40 'AFTER THE MISSISSIPPI RAIDS, THAT WAS WHEN THE TENSION AND THE FEAR WENT UP ANOTHER NOTCH

" ONCE A MONTH LOPEZ SAYS THEY PROVIDE FOOD AND BASIC NECESITIES TO BETWEEN 150-200 MOSTLY FARMWORKER FAMILIES FROM ALL OVER THE CENTRAL COAST THE CLANDESTINE OPERATION IS SPREAD BY WORD OF MOUTH AND FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T MAKE IT PEOPLE LIKE ERNISTINA SOLORIO FILL IN THE GAP 18:23 "THANK GOD I'M HERE IN THE COUNTRY LEGALLY BUT I UNDERSTAND TEH FEAR" A FARMWORKER HERSELF

ERNESTINA HELPS TELL OTHERS ABOUT THE FOOD BANK SHE THEN KEEPS SOME OF THE EXTRA SUPPLIES IN HER BACKYARD FOR WHOEVER NEEDS IT 13:33 "THERE'S A LOT OF NECESSITY IN THE AREA AND THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT DON'T FIND OUT WHAT THE DAY IS SO THEY DON'T END UP GOING" NOW DOCUMENTED ERNESTINA SAYS SHE HELPS BECAUSE SHE PERSONALLY UNDERSTANDS THE FEAR INSIDE OTHER FAMILIES

WHO CAME TO THIS COUNTRY TO GIVE THEIR CHILDREN AND THEMSELVES A BETTER LIFE 17:19 "I"M THANKFUL TO GOD THAT MY CHILDREN WERE BORN HERE IN THE UNITED STATES "17:35 "PERO COMO YO HAY MUCHAS MAMAS QUE LO HEMOS VISTO MUY DEFICIL" LOPEZ'S SAYS HER UNDERGROUND PROJECT IS THE ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND IN THE AREA ON THE CRIME WATCH

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