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GECAC distributes 100 bags of groceries, activity kits for kids
GECAC groceries
From left, Janette Cooper and Samantha Worthington of Give Every Child A Chance welcomes those at Wednesday’s Food & Activity Kit Drive-thru giveaway.

Cars pulled up curbside at the distribution tent in front of Give Every Child A Chance office at 322 Sun West Pl. for the better part of Wednesday morning.

It was first come, first serve for the free grocery bags filled with fresh produce and, for youngsters, a fun-filled activity kit.

“We’re here until they’re all gone,” said HR Director Janette Cooper of the 100 bags of groceries made possible by Second Harvest Food Bank and Corn Poppy Produce.

The latter was made possible by the San Joaquin County Office of Education and Kaiser Permanente.

The Food & Activity Kit Drive-thru event kicked off at 10 a.m., with car trickling in steadily to the pick-up in front of GECAC Manteca office.

During the summer months, GECAC Marketing / Special Events Coordinator Samantha Worthington mentioned that the grocery drive-thru provided nutrition and fun for youngsters during their break from school.

Classes at Manteca Unified resumed recently with students remaining at home to start the school year due to the uptick in COVID-19 cases.

Worthington said that the free groceries are available to all people. “It’s for anyone,” she added.

Worthington, Cooper and GECAC Director of Community Outreach Sherley Sarkizzdeh helped out with the distribution of free goods.

“This (program) takes the place of our afterschool produce pick-up,” Cooper said.

The next Food & Activity Kit Drive-thru will take place on Aug. 26, beginning at 10 a.m., according to Worthington.